Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritic inflammation that occurs in patients who have a skin condition called psoriasis. Psoriatic arthritis symptoms can vary and can affect any joint in the body. Persistent inflammation from psoriatic arthritis can cause joint damage. Fatigue and anemia are common in patients with psoriatic arthritis, and some patients also experience mood changes.
Psoriatic arthritis can develop at any time, but it most commonly appears between the ages of 30 and 50. Genetic, immune-related, and environmental factors are all believed to play a role in the development of the disease. Approximately 20 to 30 percent of patients with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis.
Early recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of psoriatic arthritis are important in relieving pain and inflammation and helping to prevent progressive joint damage associated with psoriatic arthritis. Swollen and painful joints, patterns of arthritis, and skin and nail changes are used in the diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis. Imaging tests, including x-rays, MRI, ultrasound, or CT scans, also may be used to evaluate joints and any joint damage.
The Center for Skin and Related Musculoskeletal Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) offers an innovative approach to psoriatic arthritis treatment and diagnosis, as well as management for other diseases with both musculoskeletal and cutaneous involvement.
Among few in the nation to provide simultaneous evaluation and care by a rheumatologist and a dermatologist, specialists at the Center offer the latest approaches in psoriatic arthritis treatment and are evaluating new treatment advances. In addition, they have developed ways to improve screening for psoriatic arthritis and are leading studies to advance the understanding of the development and risk factors for psoriatic arthritis.
The BWH Orthopaedic & Arthritis Center is a pioneering force in arthritis treatment, enabling BWH to be named one of the top providers of rheumatology and arthritis treatment in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The Center has developed many innovative therapeutic treatments and today provides world-class treatment for the more than 100 causes of arthritis, specializing in rheumatoid arthritis treatment, treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus, and treatment of spine disorders, including spondylitis. With the largest research funding base and investigative team of any rheumatology and allergy program in the country, the Center has contributed to significant advances in arthritis treatment.
Collaborating closely with other BWH specialists, our physicians deliver comprehensive arthritis treatment across the spectrum of arthritis and joint diseases, including osteoarthritis therapy, treatment of gout and pseudogout, and vasculitis treatment.
Quality of Patient Care
BWH is committed to providing all of our patients with the safest, highest-quality, most-satisfying care possible and following established protocols that have been shown to improve patient outcomes. Our Inpatient Satisfaction Survey, sent to patients to assess their total care experience, helps us to monitor what we are doing well and where we could improve. We pride ourselves in the Quality of Patient Care we provide and how we compare with other hospitals.
If you believe you should have an evaluation and would like to schedule an appointment with one of our experts, call 1-800-294-9999 to speak to one of our knowledgeable coordinators who can help to connect you to the doctor that best meets your needs, or fill out an online appointment request form.