Psoriatic Arthritis Treatments

Like psoriasis, there are numerous treatments for psoriatic arthritis and it can be a process of trial and error to find the one that works for you.

Psoriatic Arthritis Treatments from a GP

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.

For more information on the treatments available from a GP for psoriatic arthritis, please click here.

Psoriatic Arthritis Treatments from a Rheumatologist

A Rheumatologist is a hospital Consultant who is specialised in musculoskeletal conditions - including types of arthritis. They will be able to confirm the diagnosis and prescribe appropriate treatments, which may include the treatments that have been available from a GP.

Psoriatic arthritis needs to be treated with 'disease modifying' treatments to prevent or stop further damage being done to the joints. A Rheumatologist will assess a person's psoriatic arthritis and make a decision as to whether 'disease modifying' treatment is appropriate or not.

Click here for more information on the 'disease modifying' treatments that are available from a Rheumatologist, including systemic (tablets) and biologic (injections) medications.  

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