“Psoriatic Arthritis is a health condition that causes inflammation resulting in swollen and painful joints. Discuss your case with GPs at Hale Road Medical as they would help you cope up with Psoriatic Arthritis both emotionally and functionally.”

Psoriatic Arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis that takes place in patients with Psoriasis. Arthritis is a disease that acts on any area of the body, and its symptoms differ from person to person. An individual struggling with Psoriatic Arthritis experiences persistent inflammation which leads to joint pain.

Only 1 or 2 out of 10  Psoriasis patients develop this kind of Arthritis. This condition often affects individuals between 30 to 50 years and some during early childhood. Children with Psoriatic Arthritis may develop Uveitis(a type of inflammation that occurs in the middle eye). It affects both men and women equally.

What causes Psoriatic Arthritis?

The exact cause of Psoriatic Arthritis hasn’t been determined yet.40% of individuals are struggling with heredity with this condition. It is also an outcome of the infection that activates the immune system. This disease in itself is non-infectious and is triggered by Streptococcal throat infection, also known as Strep Throat.

Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis affects any part of the body, and the symptoms differ from person to person. The symptoms are mild or severe during the initial stages. During Psoriatic Arthritis, you may notice the following symptoms:

  • Pain and swollen joints along with stiffness.
  • Pain and stiffness in the buttocks and in the lower back and neck(also known as Spondylitis causes inflammation in the joints).
  • Inflammation in Knees.
  • Tendons are the strong cords that attach the muscles to the bones—pain in Tendons, including the back of the foot’s heel and sole.
  • Change in the colour of the nails or their separation from the skin.
  • Pain and Redness in the eyes.

Broad Health Implications of Psoriatic Arthritis

The impact of Psoriatic Arthritis depends on the joints affected by it and the severity of the symptoms. This condition makes you feel tired or Anaemic all the time. Psoriatic Arthritis patients face sudden mode alterations. The chances of developing other health problems, including High blood pressure, High-cholesterol, Obesity and Diabetes are more in the ones struggling with Psoriatic disease.

Living with PsA

Along with the treatment, certain lifestyle modifications can help you combat the symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis:

  • Lack of use may give rise to muscle stiffness and weak joints.
  • Proper exercise helps in such conditions and makes overall health better.
  • You can get walking aids and shoe inserts to prevent unnecessary stress on feet and ankles.
  • Indulge in activities such as swimming as it won’t put unnecessary stress on joints.

Doctors at Hale Road Medical help you maintain a healthy weight and treating high blood pressure and Cholesterol are other major aspects of the treatment.

Risk Factors associated with Psoriatic Arthritis

You are more likely to have PsA if you:

  • Have Psoriasis.
  • A parent or sibling is struggling with PsA.
  • Age is between 30 to 50 years.
  • Have a Strep Throat problem.
  • Have an HIV disease.

What Happens when you have Psoriatic Flare-Ups?

Psoriatic Flare-ups can have severe implications on your health. Certain strategies can help to deal with PsA flare-ups. Different individuals have different triggers during PsA.

Know the trigger and jot them down in a diary. Each day you can record the triggers and the tasks you were performing, which gave rise to them. Common PsA triggers include :

  • Strep Throat or Upper Respiratory infections.
  • Injuries including cut, scrapes and sunburns.
  • Stress, along with skin dryness.
  • Cold or dry weather.
  • Smoking
  • Overweight
  • Medications including Lithium, Beta-Blockers and anti-malarial drugs.

Diagnosis of Psoriatic Arthritis 

While diagnosing Psoriatic Arthritis GP at Hale Road Medical look for swollen and painful joints. Emphasis is given to the patterns of Arthritis, Nail changes. X-rays are usually performed to check joint damages. To understand the problem in detail, MRI, Ultrasounds and CT Scans are performed on the patients. Blood tests are performed to check the symptoms of other types of Arthritis. Sometimes it is vital to take some samples of the skin for Diagnosis.

How do we Help?

Consult the GP at Hale Road Medical as soon as you notice the symptoms of PsA. If left untreated, the disease can permanently damage the joints. Early Diagnosis and treatment can help to slow the disease and reduce the symptoms. Your joints will remain healthy, and an improvement will be seen in the range of movement.

The GP at Hale Road Medical will come up with the treatment options based on the following things:

  • The severity of the disease.
  • Health history and overall health.
  • Previous treatments you have taken.

Hale Road Medical has a team of highly experienced doctors. Staff skilled in dozens of specialties for quality care and speedy recovery. At Hale Road Medical, you get the opportunity to work closely with your Doctor. The GP ensures that the patients’ treatment goals are met, or adjustments made by them are appropriate if your or your loved one struggles with Psoriatic Arthritis don’t hesitate to contact our GP team.