PsA Affects Nearly 38 million People Worldwide. Managing PsA can be overwhelming for patients. Our dedicated Care Team of pharmacists, nurses, and patient care coordinators helps patients navigate their healthcare insurance, secure financial assistance for high co-pays, and receive the medication and therapy management that they require.
PsA is a chronic (long-lasting) inflammatory disease characterized by pain, stiffness and swelling of the joints and occurs in up to 30% of people with psoriasis. In most cases, psoriasis (skin disease that causes itchy, scaly rashes and crumbling nails) occurs before PsA (joint disease). Although rare, PsA may occur before or without psoriasis. The symptoms of PsA often resemble other forms of arthritis such as ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis, or arthritis associated with inflammatory bowel diseases (i.e. Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis).
Common Symptoms of PsA Include:
- Painful, swollen joints
- Morning stiffness and tiredness
- Reduced range of motion
Psoriatic arthritis often occurs with psoriasis so skin symptoms include thick, red skin with flaky, silver-white scaly patches. Nails may become pitted or infected-looking, and may even lift from the nail bed entirely. These symptoms are unique to psoriasis and PsA actually helps to confirm a diagnosis.
Causes and Risk Factors
Psoriatic arthritis can develop at any time; however, it most commonly appears between the ages of 30 and 50. Unlike many autoimmune diseases, men and women are equally at risk for developing PsA. Though not everyone who has psoriasis will develop PsA, up to 30% of patients with psoriasis will eventually develop joint disease (PsA).
The exact cause of PsA is unknown, however, genetics, the immune system, and environmental factors are all believed to play a role in the onset of the disease. About 40% of people who are diagnosed with PsA and psoriasis have family members affected by the disease. PsA is not considered infectious but researchers believe it may be triggered by a strep throat or extreme stress/injury to the immune system in those who are genetically susceptible.
PsA and Nutrition
Our registered dietitians at A Healthier You have created recipes specifically for people living with PsA. Each recipe includes nourishment notes to help you learn what foods can help you feel better, or reduce symptoms, and fatigue busters, tips to more easily prepare recipes when energy levels are low.
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A Personalized Approach to the Patient Experience
We review all of the medications our patients are taking. Then we dive deep into their medical history to provide complete medication therapy management. This comprehensive standard of care means higher adherence levels and healthier patients.
- Reducing and/or Delaying Disease Progression
- Enhancing Patient’s Quality of Life and Satisfaction
- Keeping Patients in the Workforce and/or School Longer
- Decreasing Healthcare Costs
- Monitor Medication Adherence
- Managing Medication Side Effects
- Recognizing and Responding to Suboptimal Responses to Therapy
If you’re living with psoriatic arthritis we’re here to help. Please call us at: (855) 263-4537 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org