Psoriatic arthritis typically involves the skin symptoms of psoriasis (usually plaque or pustular) plus pain, swelling and stiffness in one or more joints. Most people with psoriatic arthritis also have psoriasis of the nails. About one million Americans have psoriatic arthritis. As with psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis can range from mild to severe and debilitating. It can also grow progressively worse, and lead to permanent bone damage. Treatments are now available that have been shown to stop the progression of the disease. Most common in the fingers and toes, psoriatic arthritis can also manifest itself in the back, neck, legs and/or elsewhere.
Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis can—and should—be treated. Undertreatment appears to be a real problem, but treatment options for patients continue to expand.
Golf star Phil Mickelson has psoriatic arthritis. August 2010.
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