PSORIASIS AND JOINT PAIN

Psoriatic Arthritis

How can psoriasis, a disease that affects your skin, be associated with joint pain in psoriatic arthritis, too? Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are both believed to start with excess inflammation inside the body. This unchecked inflammation may be the root cause of several conditions that affect your skin, joints, and more.

In fact, 1 out of 3 people with psoriasis will also experience joint symptoms, which is referred to as psoriatic arthritis. Because they can occur together, with inflammation believed to be a common source, they’re considered comorbidities. However, one condition does not necessarily cause the other—either psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis can present itself first. Also, the severity of one does not determine the severity of the other. This means you can have severe psoriasis, but moderate psoriatic arthritis, or vice versa.

Person holding their hand feeling joint pain Person holding their hand feeling joint pain Person holding their hand feeling joint pain

It is important to talk to your doctor about any symptoms you are experiencing so they can appropriately manage your care.

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Common psoriatic arthritis symptoms include:

Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include swollen fingers and toes Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include swollen fingers and toes Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include swollen fingers and toes

Swollen fingers and toes

Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include tender, painful, or swollen joints Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include tender, painful, or swollen joints Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include tender, painful, or swollen joints

Tender, painful, or swollen joints

Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include a reduced range of joint motion Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include a reduced range of joint motion Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include a reduced range of joint motion

Reduced range of motion of joints

Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include morning stiffness Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include morning stiffness Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include morning stiffness

Morning stiffness

Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include lower back, upper back, or neck pain Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include lower back, upper back, or neck pain Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include lower back, upper back, or neck pain

Lower back, upper back, or neck pain

Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include fatigue Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include fatigue Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include fatigue

General fatigue

Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include a change in nails Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include a change in nails Psoriatic arthritis symptoms include a change in nails

Change in nails,
such as pitting
or separation
from nail bed

If you are experiencing any symptoms of psoriatic arthritis listed above, it's important to talk to your doctor.