What is Psoriatic Arthritis

Arthritic disorders come in a variety of forms, with the most common ones being rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and a group that we refer collectively to as the spondylopathies or spinal arthritic diseases. This last group includes ankylosing spondylitis, a disorder called Reiter's syndrome, and psoriatic arthritis, which is the combined inflammatory condition that involves the skin (see Psoriasis) and the joints.
Psoriatic Arthritis What these last three arthritic conditions share is a tendency to attack the joints of the spine and lower back and the same immune system marker. You will find information pertinent to psoriatic arthritis in this listing under Arthritis and Immune System Health.

Arthritis occurs in about 15 to 20% of people with psoriasis, frequently striking the low back and pelvic girdle joints, the finger joints closest to the nails, and often one or more of the major joints: a hip, knee, shoulder, ankle, or elbow. Usually—in fact, about 80% of the time—the onset of the skin condition precedes the development of joint problems, and the more severe the psoriasis, the more likely the chance for arthritis.

 
 
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