For people who suffer from skin psoriasis, some 30 percent will see their condition develop into psoriatic arthritis, which is an inflammatory form of arthritis that can cause swelling, stiffness, joint pain, nail changes and overall fatigue. You may also notice pain in your lower back, wrists, knees or ankle. People who do not have skin psoriasis can develop psoriatic arthritis, especially those with a family history of psoriasis. Sometimes, arthritis can develop before the skin disorder.
Early detection of psoriatic arthritis is critical to relieve pain, inflammation and prevent joint damage. Our rheumatologists will review your medical history and perform a physical exam to make a diagnosis. Medication can be prescribed to help prevent joint damage.