Here at Oahu Spine and Rehab, we deal with patients with arthritis every single day. One of the most important things for our physical therapists and chiropractors to know is the difference between the different types of arthritis. While there are more common cases like osteoarthritis, there is also the less-known but equally as common Psoriatic Arthritis.
Psoriatic Arthritis refers to inflammation in your joints because of an overactive immune system. It is most common in people who have the skin disease – psoriasis that also originates from the immune system.
Types of Psoriatic Arthritis
There are five different types of Psoriatic Arthritis; symmetric, asymmetric, distal interphalangeal, spondylitis, and arthritis mutilans. Symmetric Psoriatic Arthritis affects two of the same joint or several of the same joints, like both knees and/or both elbows. Asymmetric Psoriatic Arthritis is only a few random joints throughout the body, and joints may swell from inflammation. Distal interphalangeal Psoriatic Arthritis usually just affects the small joints that are at the end of your toes and fingers. Spondylitis affects the vertebrae in your spinal column and causes inflammation in your neck, spine, and pelvis. Arthritis mutilans is the rarest and most severe of all of the types of Psoriatic Arthritis, it damages the small joints in your toes and fingers and causes deformation.
Here at OSR in Kailua, we know that the best way to deal with Psoriatic Arthritis pain is exercise and movement. One of the best things you can do for joint pain is physical therapy here at OSR. Not only is physical therapy great low-impact exercise, but we also provide other services that are highly recommended for this condition. Massage therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic care, and trigger point massage are all great options for pain relief for patients.
If you are looking for more information, or you or someone that you know is suffering from pain, give us a call today at 488-5555 to make an appointment.