As soon as it is suspected that a person has psoriatic arthritis, they should be referred to a Rheumatologist. However, a GP can offer some useful treatments to help manage the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. These usually include painkillers and anti-inflammatories to help reduce pain, stiffness and swelling, and may also include a referral to a Physiotherapist.
It is important to note that the treatments that a GP can offer for psoriatic arthritis only treat the symptoms - they do not have an impact on the condition itself. It is important that a person with suspected or confirmed psoriatic arthritis is also under the care of a Rheumatologist, who can offer effective 'disease modifying' treatment when it is appropriate.
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