Fast facts about psoriatic arthritis (PsA)
Swollen joints? Back pain? No, those aren’t just signs of “old age”. You might have these symptoms if you have psoriatic arthritis (PsA), which occurs when your body’s immune system attacks healthy cells. Talk about a stab in the back! Because it can feel like a doozy of a diagnosis, check out these fast facts to learn more about PsA and how to handle it on the regular.
“Low-impact exercises, like swimming and yoga, can help keep your joints in good condition.”
- The who’s who: PsA may occur in those that have psoriasis, but not in all cases – genetics, your immune system and different environmental factors are all believed to play a part. It commonly appears between the ages of 30 and 50, and affects men and women.
- All signs point to... Swollen, painful joints come part and parcel with PsA. We’re talking fingers, toes, neck, spine and other spots on your body – you might have pain in multiple areas, or just one or two. X-rays, MRI, ultrasound and CT scans are some of the “big guns” that may be used to help diagnose PsA, while blood tests can help rule out other types of arthritis with similar symptoms.
- Bye bye bad-news bears: There is no cure for PsA, but the silver lining is there are ways to control symptoms. From over-the-counter meds to biologics, there’s something for every case of PsA, so be sure to discuss your options with a healthcare provider.
- Be a good “sport”: Moving and grooving can help keep your joints in good condition, just don’t think of it as your own personal Olympics. Low-impact exercises, like swimming and yoga, are your friends.
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