One in every three people living with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis (PsA), a chronic, inflammatory disease of the joints and connective tissue. The main symptoms include joint pain, stiffness and swelling and can affect any part of the body. Unfortunately if left untreated, PsA can cause permanent joint and bone damage leading to life-long disability. PsA doesn’t always show up at the same time as a psoriasis diagnosis, and in some instances the joint pain comes before you show signs of psoriasis. There is currently no cure for psoriatic arthritis, so treatment is to focus on managing the symptoms and preventing permanent damage to the joints.
May is Psoriatic Arthritis Action Month and the National Psoriasis Foundation is dedicated to providing tools and resources for people living with psoriatic arthritis with their “Live Work and Play with PsA” campaign.
They will share patient stories of what it’s like to live with PsA, as well as providing educational resources to help patients live a healthier life. Another amazing resource that the NPF created is the PsA Workplace Guide, which includes tips and information about how to communicate to your employer and co-workers about PsA, insights into workplace accommodations, and how to advocate for yourself in the workplace. To get a copy of this informative guide, contact the Patient Navigation Center by calling 800-723-9166, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, texting 503-410-7766, or chatting live through their website, psoriasis.org/navigationcenter
For more information and updates on Psoriatic Arthritis Month events, visit https://www.psoriasis.org/PsA-Action-Month