Chattanooga Sports Medicine and Orthopedics

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis results from having psoriasis. Psoriasis is a skin diseases that causes red, scaly patches that can develop white or silvery scabs. Typically, Psoriatic Arthritis will not affect anyone without first having psoriasis. Psoriatic Arthritics, which can occur before the skin condition exhibits, affects the joints.

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis results from having psoriasis. Psoriasis is a skin diseases that causes red, scaly patches that can develop white or silvery scabs. Typically, Psoriatic Arthritis will not affect anyone without first having psoriasis. Psoriatic Arthritics, which can occur before the skin condition exhibits, affects the joints. It can affect any of the joints in the body, including joints in the hands, feet, hips, shoulders and knees.

Common Symptoms and Signs of Psoriatic Arthritis

  • Pain in affected joints
  • Inflammation of the joint
  • Stiffness of the joint
  • Decreased range of motion and less flexibility
  • Deformities or swelling of affected feet and hands
  • Pain where ligaments and tendons connect to bones

When should you come to CSMO for treatment?

  • If you know you have psoriasis and are experiencing joint pain.
  • If you experience consistent pain for two weeks.
  • If your pain is so severe that it hinders your everyday activities.

If left untreated, Psoriatic Arthritis can damage your joints to the point of disability. Some forms are milder than others; however, the conditions can cause severe damage and degradation of the joints, tissues and muscles of the body. It is best to treat this condition right away.

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