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Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment Information
IU Health arthritis and rheumatology specialists offer various types of treatment for psoriatic arthritis based on current care guidelines and your symptoms and preferences. Options include:
- Education. IU Health professionals can help you use diet and exercise to reduce inflammation and manage the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis.
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These medications, which come in over-the-counter and prescription versions, can help to alleviate symptoms such as pain and swelling. NSAIDs typically serve as an initial treatment.
- Corticosteroids. Administered in low doses in oral or injectable form, these medications can relieve swelling and pain in joints.
- Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). DMARDs can ease symptoms and improve quality of life while also possibly delaying the course of psoriatic arthritis.
- Biologic response modifiers. These genetically engineered medications, which are also DMARDs, disrupt the immune system responses that lead to joint inflammation. They are used in severe cases of psoriatic arthritis.
- Phototherapy. Ultraviolet light treatment under a physician’s supervision can help to alleviate the skin symptoms of psoriatic arthritis.
- Physical therapy. An individualized exercise plan designed by IU Health physical therapists can help you to build flexibility and strength and avoid joint problems.
- Surgery. When patients have severe joint damage, surgery may help to restore function and relieve pain. We can recommend surgical options and help you through preparation and recovery.
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Psoriatic Arthritis Support Services
Several national organizations provide information and resources on psoriatic arthritis. They include:
A Sampling of Psoriatic Arthritis Support Services
American College of Rheumatology
This group, representing rheumatologists and other rheumatology professionals, outlines the diagnosis and treatment of psoriatic arthritis.
This nonprofit organization provides an overview of psoriatic arthritis and explains options for managing the condition.
National Psoriasis Foundation
This nonprofit patient advocacy group provides detailed information on psoriatic arthritis.