Psoriatic Arthritis and Lifestyle

Dr. Kam Shojania, MD FRCPC, Rheumatologist, discusses psoriatic arthritis and lifestyle.

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Dr. Kam Shojania, MD FRCPC, Rheumatologist, discusses psoriatic arthritis and lifestyle.
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Featuring Dr. Kam Shojania, MD, FRCPC

Duration: 1 minute, 1 second

With psoriatic arthritis, once diagnosed, there are things that can be done to improve quality of life other than medications.

For example, for the psoriasis portion, quality of life can be limited due to social embarrassment of the psoriasis, and there's ways to get around that. Sun exposure can help with the psoriasis, but one has to balance sun exposure and skin cancer from the sun.

But really, it's important, because people with psoriatic arthritis often are overweight, so it's important to manage their diet, weight, and exercise. Because again, when it's involving the joints, the stronger the muscles are around the joints the better people can function. The better they can move,and less pain they're in.

So if you think you have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, please contact your healthcare professional.

Presenter: Dr. Kam Shojania, Rheumatologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Rheumatologist

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Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include warmth, swelling and pain in the joints. The skin is also affected with psoriasis, becoming red, scaly and inflamed. Psoriasis patches or plaques often appear on the scalp, elbows, lower back and knees, although it can appear on the scalp, fingernails or toenails.


Psoriasis can affect the fingernails and toenails.


With proper psoriatic arthritis treatment the joint damage can be reversed.


Once someone experiences joint damage from PsA, it can’t be reversed. Psoriatic arthritis can even destroy the joints if the disease isn’t properly treated or controlled.


Drugs made from living organisms or components of living organisms are a treatment for psoriatic arthritis.


Treatments for PsA are designed to prevent joint damage and control inflammation, and include disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and biologics (drugs made from living organisms or components of living organisms).


Heart disease is not linked to psoriatic arthritis.


You also need to control blood pressure and cholesterol to prevent heart disease. People with psoriatic arthritis have an increased frequency of myocardial infarction, heart attacks, strokes, and often have high cholesterol, hypertension and other conditions that go along with the metabolic syndrome.


Losing weight can help the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis.


If you're overweight, it's important to manage your diet, weight, and exercise to limit reduce extra weight on your joints, which can decrease the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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