Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis that affects some people who have psoriasis — a condition that features red patches of skin topped with silvery scales. Most people develop psoriasis first and are later diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, but the joint problems can sometimes begin before skin lesions appear. Joint pain, stiffness and swelling are the main symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. They can affect any part of your body, including your fingertips and spine.
HOW IS PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS DIAGNOSED?
After a physical examination, the rheumatologist recommends the following tests to confirm psoriatic arthritis:
1. RF test
2. Joint fluid tests
3. X ray
HOW IS PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS TREATED?
The following medications are used to treat psoriatic arthritis:
2. Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs
4. TNF-alpha inhibitors
5. Steroid injections.
Joint replacement surgery is considered in extreme cases.