Some things just go together. Like milk and cookies—the connection is obvious. But your skin and bones also have much more in common than you might think. If you have psoriasis or a family history of it, there’s a chance your joints may be affected at some point. Here’s how to make the connection to psoriatic arthritis sooner, rather than later.
You may not realize it, but stiffness and pain in certain joints, tendons or ligaments might not be a passing thing, especially if psoriasis is involved. They could be early signs of psoriatic arthritis (PsA), a form of arthritis that, like psoriasis, is part of a family of conditions called psoriatic disease.
of people with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis.
people with psoriasis has a family member with the condition.
If you’re living with the red, scaly patches of psoriasis, you should also be alert to the potential development of psoriatic arthritis, even if you aren’t currently feeling symptoms in your joints. It can take many years for psoriatic arthritis to appear, which is why it’s so important to know your risk and to consider more than just your skin.