Psoriatic Arthritis (cont.)
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When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for Psoriatic Arthritis?
See your doctor if you have joint pain or tenderness. Your doctor should be consulted for skin or nail problems as well.
What Specialties of Doctors Treat Psoriatic Arthritis?
Doctors who treat patients with psoriatic arthritis include primary-care providers, rheumatologists, dermatologists, radiologists, orthopedic surgeons, and physical therapists.
What Tests Diagnose Psoriatic Arthritis?
No specific tests are available to determine if you have psoriatic arthritis. Your doctor will base the diagnosis on X-ray findings and on your signs and symptoms. Your doctor may perform blood tests to assess your arthritis.
What Are Psoriatic Arthritis Home Remedies?
If your doctor prescribes a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Nuprin, Advil, Excedrin IB), and you have morning stiffness, the best time to take the drug may be in the evening after dinner and again when you wake up. Taking these medications with food will reduce stomach upset. Do not take them within an hour of bedtime because they can injure the lining of the esophagus and stomach.
Exercise is important to keep the pain and swelling of arthritis to a minimum. A good exercise program can improve movement, strengthen muscles to stabilize joints, improve sleep, strengthen the heart, increase stamina, reduce weight, and improve physical appearance.
Heat and cold treatments can temporarily reduce pain and joint swelling. You might try soaking in a warm tub or placing a warm compress or cold pack on the painful joint.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/14/2016
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