Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis describes a condition that develops in people who have a skin condition called psoriasis. It causes joint swelling and inflammation and this usually occurs in the joint of the hands and fingers. 30% of people with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis. It is most common in individuals between the ages of 30 and 50 but can affect someone at any time. It is thought that genes, the immune system and environmental factors play a role in its onset. 85% of people will have the skin condition before any joint disease.

Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis

The symptoms of psoriatic arthritis are determined by the joints that the condition affects. Mostly this will be the fingers and the toes and it can affect one side and not the other and the reasons for this are not well understood. Generalised fatigue, tenderness pain and swelling over tendons and joints is common. Morning stiffness and reduced motion is joints are common in psoriatic arthritis. The eye may also be affected and this usually manifests as conjunctivitis.

Treatment of psoriatic arthritis

The treatment of psoriatic arthritis includes non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) medications and a range of other disease modifying medications as prescribed my a medical practitioner. Chiropractors and physiotherapists use a range of treatments to educate, reassure and importantly maintain movement and optimal function within affected joints. Strengthening and rehabilitation exercises also seem to be of significant value. Our chiropractors and physiotherapist at Sydney Spine & Sport Centre (S3C) work closely with your medical practitioners in order to give you the best team based management approach.

Causes of low back pain

The following conditions are common causes of low back pain.