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Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment
01 May 2007
sometimes develops in those people who already have psoriasis.
Fortunately, psoriatic arthritis is treatable and unlike rheumatoid
arthritis, which usually requires constant treatment, psoriatic
arthritis may only require therapy when symptoms arise. When they
subside, therapy can be stopped until further problems develop. The
goal of treatment for psoriatic arthritis is to control inflammation.
with psoriatic arthritis may be able to help reduce symptoms by
avoiding triggers. A common trigger is stress, for which relaxation
therapy may help.
Rheumatologists are specialists in
musculoskeletal disorders and are likely to make a proper diagnosis and
advise on the best treatment options as psoriatic arthritis can
sometimes be confused with other diseases. Here are some of the
A non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug NSAID is usually prescribed. The
best time to take this medication is at night after dinner and again
when you wake up. Taking such medication with food will reduce the
chance of stomach upsets.
DMDs (disease-modifying drugs) are also used to slow down the
progression of the arthritis. They can take several weeks to begin to
work. These drugs can have serious side effects on the liver and
kidneys so their use must be carefully monitored.
Ciclosporin may be used to reduce severe inflammation quickly. It also
acts on the immune system.
Sulfasalazine suppresses the inflammatory response and has few side
Low doses of corticosteroids such as prednisolone can be injected into
joints to treat severe cases or taken as tablets for long term control.
They are used only if other treatment has not worked.
As a complementary therapy, a natural healing formula made from
essential oils is indicated to help relieve symptoms and control future
important to keep the pain and swelling of psoriatic arthritis to a
minimum. Follow a good exercise program so as to improve movement,
strengthen the muscles to stabilize the joints, improve sleeping
patterns, strengthen the heart, increase stamina, as well as reduce and
generally improve the overall physical appearance. Usually, a normal
amount of rest and sleep will be sufficient but if you are feeling
extra tired, then increase the amount of sleep and rest accordingly.
you are suffering from pain and joint swelling, then try a long soaking
in a warm bath or even apply a warm compress to the affected area. Some
people find relief from a cold compress instead. A physiotherapist can
also provide such treatments using heat, cold or exercises to help the
occupational therapist can help sufferers to protect their joints from
any further damage. They can suggest ways to make life easier for you
at home and at work such as such as wrist splints and specialist
equipment such as kitchen tools.
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