Psoriatic arthritis treatment can help in relieving pain, reducing swelling, help maintain joint mobility and even prevent further joint damage. The type of treatment recommended by doctors is usually based on the type of psoriatic arthritis, the severity of the condition and the person’s reaction to treatment.
With appropriate early diagnosis and psoriatic arthritis treatment something can be done to slow down the disease and try to preserve the health of the joints. Severe forms of the disease may be characterized by an early young age onset, multiple joints being affected and the spine also involved. Adequate management of the skin part of the disease may be helpful in overall management of psoriatic arthritis. There are some psoriatic arthritis treatments able to treat both psoriasis and the arthritis component.
Mild psoriatic arthritis is said to only affect one to two joints and is localized in nature. People with this condition may have long periods of no symptoms at all. This type of psoriatic arthritis will have less deformity and less chance of disability in the long term.
If a person is suffering from three or more affected joints then they have a increased probability of joint destruction and disability. Usually anti-inflammatory drugs are the choice of psoriatic arthritis treatment option, but if this is non responsive a stronger medication may be needed. Some people may require surgery and then rehabilitation.
The psoriatic arthritis treatment for problems of joint pain, inflammation and stiffness are usually dealt with by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which can be over the counter medication such as aspirin and ibuprofen and other various prescription medication. Aspirin can be helpful in the reduction of pain, swelling and stiffness. Both prescription and non prescription NSAIDs can offer relief for psoriatic arthritis with easing pain, swelling and morning stiffness and helping the movement of joints. These drugs can play a role in decreasing the restrictions of daily activity often caused by arthritis.
With prolonged use of some types of NSAIDs there is a chance of stomach issues like ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding. The probability is in relation to the strength of the medication and length of time it is used. There are NSAIDs called COX-2 inhibitors that have been shown to cause less stomach issues than other types. Although equally effective for pain and inflammation they do cost more and they have their individual associated risks. If you are interested chat with your doctor. Disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are used for psoriatic arthritis treatment of more severe symptoms with the aim of slowing or stopping joint and tissue damage and the overall progression.
Systemic medications are prescription drugs that work throughout the body for psoriatic arthritis treatment. Usually reserved for people suffering moderate to severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Systemic medications are also used for those people that are unable or unresponsive to topical medications or UV light therapy. These drugs are usually taken orally in liquid or pill form or by injection.