Psoriatic and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a condition where the body’s immune system becomes overactive and causes inflammation in the joints and soft tissues.  It usually develops in people who have psoriasis, a skin condition which causes patches of scaly skin, however some people develop psoriatic arthritis before they develop any skin symptoms.  Psoriatic arthritis can cause pain and swelling in any joint or soft issue and can sometimes cause dactylitis, where a whole finger or toe swells. 

Your physiotherapist will perform an assessment and teach you exercises to help to maintain your joint mobility and prevent future problems.  They will also show you specific exercises to help with any particularly painful joints.  You should also try to keep generally fit and active, as regular physical exercise helps to minimise the pain and stiffness associated with psoriatic arthritis.  Further information about psoriatic arthritis can he found on the Arthritis Research UK website.