Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic type of inflammatory arthritis often diagnosed in people with psoriasis. Together, these conditions are commonly known as psoriatic disease.
Studies show that 10% – 30% of people with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis; however having psoriasis does not necessarily mean that a person is subject to developing psoriatic arthritis.
It is possible to develop psoriatic arthritis without having psoriasis however, this is far less common.
Although not everyone with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis, anyone with psoriasis should be alert to the signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis because early detection and treatment are key to preventing long-term damage to one’s joints.
What is Psoriatic Arthritis?
Psoriatic Arthritis is an autoimmune disease whereby the joints are under attack.
Who is Affected by Psoriatic Arthritis?
Men and women are affected by psoriatic arthritis equally, although research has found that women with psoriatic arthritis report more severe disability.
What are the Causes or Risk Factors?
Although its precise causes are not yet clear, certain risk factors for psoriatic arthritis have been identified.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
There is no specific test for the diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis, however, the diagnosis is typically made by your doctor or rheumatologist.
Working with your Care Team
Many people living with psoriatic arthritis manage their condition with help from a team of medical specialists.