Conditions we treat include:

Ankylosing Spondylitis
Bursitis and Tendonitis

Joint Pain
Psoriatic Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriasis is a common skin condition associated with red, thick, scaly skin typically seen on the scalp and extremities. The skin disease usually is seen on an average of ten years before the arthritis begins. Sometimes the joint disease occurs first but rarely do both the joint and skin symptoms occur at the same time. About a third of the patients who have psoriasis of the skin can develop "Psoriatic Arthritis".

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an autoimmune disease in which there is pain and swelling of the joints and typically occurs in the spine and where tendons attach to bone. There are different ways that PsA can present. Some may have back pain, others may have swelling of one knee, swelling of an entire digit called a "sausage digit" and yet others may present with multiple affected joints resembling rheumatoid arthritis. Multiple pits in the nails may also be a clue to the diagnosis. Family history can increase a person's chance of getting the disease.

Left untreated, PsA can cause a crippling and deforming arthritis. Fortunately, effective treatment is available to treat both the psoriasis and the arthritis.

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