Psoriatic Arthritis
Friday, October 12, 2018 at 10:29AM
Dr. Martin Dziak in Chiropractic Care, Psoriatic, arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis causes painful inflammation in and around your joints. It usually affects people who already have psoriasis, a skin condition that causes a red, scaly rash, especially on your elbows, knees, back, buttocks and scalp.

 Your joint hurts for two reasons:

  1. Your nerve endings are irritated by the chemicals produced by the inflammation.
  2. The capsule is stretched by the swelling in your joint. When the inflammation goes down, the capsule remains stretched and can’t hold your joint in its proper position. This can make your joint unstable and painful.

  What are the Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis

 How is Psoriatic Arthritis Diagnosed?

Due to the variety of symptoms experienced by patients, diagnosing Psoriatic Arthritis can be complex. Doctors will confirm the diagnosis based on your symptoms, a physical examination and the results of x-rays, scans and blood tests. You may also be referred to a specialist (Rheumatologist) to confirm the diagnosis and receive treatment.

Blood tests in this case are used to measure inflammation. You may have one of these tests:

Both of these may show a high value when inflammation is present. These tests may be repeated from time to time to help monitor your arthritis.


The main groups of medications used to treat the pain and inflammation caused by Psoriatic Arthritis are:

Your doctor or rheumatology specialist is the best person to discuss these drugs with and will manage the use of these medications carefully.

Therapies for Psoriatic Arthritis

a number of different treatments that may help ease your symptoms and reduce the impact Psoriatic Arthritis can have on your life.

 Surgery is occasionally needed for Psoriatic Arthritis. These may include injections, tendon surgery or in the extreme cases joint replacement. Outcomes for these procedures are successful.

What Can You Do For Yourself?

“Knowledge is power”. Educating yourself on the condition will help you manage your inflammation better and empower you when you talk to others (Rheumatologist, GP, family etc) about your condition. 

Understanding how your behaviour and activities influence your symptoms can help you reduce the pain and suffering caused by Psoriatic Arthritis. Speaking to a health professional can help you identify aspects of your life that may be aggravating your Psoriatic Arthritis and help address them. 

Keep Moving with Respect to Pain and Swelling

 Relaxation Techniques

 Aids and Equipment



 Heat and Ice Therapy

Activity Pacing

Sleep Health

Treat Your Muscles


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