Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a type of inflammatory arthritis that affects people with psoriasis, a skin condition characterized by red, scaly patches on the skin.
While psoriasis is a skin condition, psoriatic arthritis is a joint condition that can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints and surrounding tissues. If left untreated, psoriatic arthritis can lead to joint damage and disability.
Treating psoriatic arthritis is necessary to prevent joint damage, improve joint function, and reduce the risk of disability. Several treatment options are available, including medications, physical therapy, exercise, and lifestyle changes. If you have psoriasis or suspect that you may have psoriatic arthritis, it is important to talk to your doctor to determine the best course of treatment.