Psoriatic arthritis is a condition in which an individual affected by psoriasis develops arthritis in their joints. Psoriasis is a skin condition where red skin patches that feature silvery scales develop on the body. A psoriasis patient may have psoriatic arthritis if they experience symptoms like pain in the soles of their feet, heel pain, swelling of the toes or fingers, deformity of the toes or fingers, and lower back pain. Psoriatic arthritis is thought to be an autoimmune disorder that occurs when the immune system inappropriately attacks tissues that make up the joints and skin. Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis usually occur when a viral infection, bacterial infection, physical trauma, or other environmental factors trigger the disease. Psoriatic arthritis diagnosis is made with the use of physical examination, x-rays, MRI scans, skin biopsy, blood tests, and joint fluid tests.
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are medications used to help treat pain. The pain in an individual's joints that develops with psoriatic arthritis is caused by their immune processes once an inflammatory response is triggered. When the joints in an affected individual's body become inflamed, they also become swollen, red, are painful to the touch, and compress nearby sensory nerves.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are specifically designed to treat pain in an individual being caused by the inflammatory process. While nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are not recommended to be used for a long duration, they can be helpful when an individual has flare-ups or episodes of symptoms related to psoriatic arthritis. Reducing the inflammation in the individual's joints by taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can prevent more damage to the tissues in the affected part of the body.