Psoriatic Arthritis often affects people who have psoriasis, a condition that causes red patches with silvery tops to develop on the skin. The joint issues that accompany psoriasis can sometimes begin before psoriatic rashes even appear.
Both of these conditions are chronic diseases that intensify in severity over time, though there are often periods of time during which symptoms are lessened or the disease can go into remission. There is, however, no cure for this form of arthritis.
This type of arthritis can cause symptoms in any part of the body, including the spine, fingers and toes, or feet. Some of the signs associated with psoriatic arthritis include the following:
- Toes and fingers may become painfully swollen.
- Hands and feet can also swell up or appear to look deformed prior to experiencing any joint pain
- Feet can be affected, causing pain where the tendons and ligaments meet the bones of the foot, particularly at the back of the heel or in the soles. Heel pain is known as Achilles tendinitis, while pain in the soles of the foot is plantar fasciitis
- Spinal lumbar pain: some people can develop a secondary condition known as spondylitis due to this type of arthritis. Joint inflammation between the spine’s vertebrae and between the pelvis and spine is caused by spondylitis. This inflammation causes lower back pain. Psoriatic spondylitis is diagnosed in roughly 20% of those who have psoriatic arthritis
What To Do Next
If you already suffer from psoriasis, be aware of the above symptoms and contact your physician as soon as possible to communicate your symptoms. If not treated quickly, this form of arthritis can cause severe damage to your joints.
An office examination will help your doctor diagnosis these arthritic symptoms, however, patients often undergo different testing methods to confirm an initial diagnosis. Imaging tests, such as X-rays or an MRI can help pinpoint joint, tendon, and ligament changes and issues. Laboratory tests also aid in a diagnosis, as psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis can often display similar symptoms.
As mentioned previously, there is no cure for this form of arthritis, but inflammation can be controlled in order to stave off pain and disability.
Some medications that are useful in treating this disease include NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) that are purchased over the counter. Your doctor may also prescribe disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) to slow the progression of the disease. Immunosuppressants can calm the immune system, which is often out of control. TNF-alpha inhibitors can aid in reducing pain, stiffness, and swelling of joints. Steroid injections can help with pain and swelling, also.
Regenerative Medicine For Arthritic Conditions
Stem cell therapy is a treatment that can help repair, replace, and renew diseased cells in the body. Treatments using regenerative medicine, including stem cells and platelet-rich plasma, have been proven to be effective in treating various types of arthritis. Stem cell therapy treatments are especially helpful in relieving the painful symptoms of arthritis and other forms of joint pain and inflammation.
At the Spine Institute Northwest, we use stem cell material taken from your own body to regenerate damaged tissue in order to encourage natural healing without the need for surgery. The use of regenerative medicine helps lessen joint pain, particularly helpful for spondylitis and other forms of back pain resulting from arthritic disease.
Stem cells are much like a blank slate in that they can change into the type of cells that are needed in the areas into which they are injected. A stem cell therapy or platelet-rich plasma treatment involves about a 30-minute office visit. The material is injected into the affected area of your body, and over time, injured tissues are repaired and renewed.
When employed early enough, these types of regenerative therapies are very helpful in the treatment of arthritic conditions resulting along with psoriasis. If you would like to discover more about these therapies and whether you are a candidate for treatment, call us today at the Spine Institute Northwest (206) 496-0630.