Psoriatic arthritis photos can be found online and the disease is chronic. It is characterized by inflammation of the skin and joints. Psoriatic arthritis is a systemic rheumatic disease that also causes inflammation in body tissues away from joints other than the skin like the heart, lungs, eyes and kidneys.
The main cause of psoriatic arthritis is unknown although a combination of genetics, the immune system and environmental factors are thought to be the main culprits.
In many patients, psoriasis precedes psoriatic arthritis by months to years. The type of psoriatic arthritis that develops depends on distribution of the joints affected. There are 5 types of psoriatic arthritis: asymmetric and few joints, symmetrical, spondylitis, arthritis mutilans and distal interphalangeal joints.
Generally, psoriatic arthritis treatment involves a combination of exercise and anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID). If there is progressive inflammation and joint destruction even after NSAIDs treatment, some more potent medications like methotrexate, corticosteroids and anti-malarial medications are used.
The exercise programs can be done at home alone or with the help of a physical therapist and are customized according to the patientв’s condition. Ice application after the exercise routine helps to minimize the post exercise soreness and inflammation. Psoriatic arthritis photos after treatment look much better than those taken before treatment is administered.