If you’ve got psoriasis, or a family history of it, be mindful that stiffness and pain in certain joints, tendons or ligaments might not just be a passing thing – particularly if it persists or gets worse. These could be early signs of psoriatic arthritis (PsA).
If a dermatologist is caring for your psoriasis, they are likely keeping a watchful eye on both your skin and joints. It can take many years for PsA to appear, so this connection is important to be aware of.
of people with psoriasis will develop PSA.
Dr. Jason Kur says making the link between the red, scaly patches of psoriasis and painful or swollen joints is helpful to manage the condition in the most appropriate way.
Why and how psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are connected isn’t completely clear. What is known is that both conditions are autoiummune. This means they are caused by the body’s own immune system turning itself on automatically as if it is fighting a foreign infection when there is none there...