Psoriatic Arthritis: The Basics

Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis associated with psoriasis. The arthritis presents with pain, swelling and stiffness which is worse at rest and improves with activity. Additional features include inflammation of the back and sacroiliac joints (spondylitis), inflammation at sites of tendon insertion into bone (enthesitis), inflammation of the whole digit (dactylitis). Psoriatic arthritis occurs in approximately 30% of people who have psoriasis. It is is more common in patients with psoriasis vulgaris, and men are just as likely as women to get psoriatic arthritis. There are many treatment options available for individuals with this condition.

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