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Psoriatic Arthritis (cont.)

When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for Psoriatic Arthritis?

See your doctor if you have joint pain or tenderness. Your health care provider should be consulted for skin or nail problems as well.

What Specialties of Doctors Diagnose and Treat Psoriatic Arthritis?

Health care professionals 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 health care provider will base the diagnosis on X-ray findings and on your signs and symptoms. Your doctor may perform blood tests to assess your arthritis.

Radiographic features on plain film X-rays, CT scan, and MRI scan can be used to distinguish psoriatic arthritis from other types of arthritis.

What Are Psoriatic Arthritis Home Remedies?

If your doctor prescribes a non-steroidal 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.

Usually, a normal amount of rest and sleep will help to reduce joint inflammation and fatigue. In a few people, psoriatic arthritis can cause extreme fatigue.

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 11/20/2017

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