Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment
General treatment for psoriatic arthritis includes rest, warm compresses, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, splints, and a cane or walker. Other medications include immunosuppressants and tumor necrosis factor inhibitors. Treatment for severe psoriatic arthritis may include joint replacement surgery.
Treatment for psoriatic arthritis includes:
- Warm compresses
- Protective splints for psoriatic arthritis
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for psoriatic arthritis:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Ibuprin, Advil, Excedrin IB)
- Diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam)
- Indomethacin (Indocin)
- Sulindac (Clinoril)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Ketoprofen (Orudis)
- Celecoxib (Celebrex)
- Meloxicam (Mobic)
- Injection of steroid into the joint
- Tumor necrosis factor inhibitors
- Joint replacement surgery for psoriatic arthritis
- Reserved for severely damaged joints
- Exercises for psoriatic arthritis
- Stretching for psoriatic arthritis
- Weight loss if you are overweight
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Psoriatic Arthritis Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of psoriatic arthritis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for worsening psoriatic arthritis?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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