Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue in the joints. This causes pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints, tendons, and spine. Over time, the inflammation may cause irreversible damage to the joints.
Psoriatic arthritis most commonly occurs in people with psoriasis, an autoimmune disorder in which the person develops thick, scaly patches, or plaques, on the skin.
At NYU Langone’s Psoriatic Arthritis Center, rheumatologists and dermatologists work closely with other specialists, such as preventive cardiologists, sports medicine experts, and nutritionists. Together they provide care that addresses all aspects of this condition. Our doctors are also involved in clinical trials, in which promising new medications are tested.
At NYU Langone, rheumatologists manage psoriatic arthritis with medications that alleviate symptoms and slow or halt the progression of the disease. Doctors also recommend lifestyle changes—combined with medications, when appropriate—to reduce discomfort. Joint replacement surgery may be considered when there is severe damage to the joints.
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