6 Ways to Manage Psoriatic Arthritis Pain

Seth Ginsberg | Mar 19th 2014 Feb 27th 2017

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NSAIDs

The first step in managing pain from psoriatic arthritis is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs.  These can be over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen. Others are by prescription only. These drugs can interact with other treatments for psoriatic arthritis, so make sure to talk to your doctor before using them.

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Biologics

Biologics can take a few months to begin improving your psoriatic arthritis, but they work by interfering with the process that causes inflammation.  Once the biologic has had time to work, the pain from psoriatic arthritis should lessen. In addition, biologics can improve mood very quickly, as people with psoriatic arthritis are at great risk for depression.

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Prescription pain medication

Sometimes pain can be severe, even when the psoriatic arthritis is being treated with medications. In these cases, prescription pain medication may be necessary. Some medications treat neurological pain, which reduces sensitivity to pain.

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Exercise

When you have significant joint pain, it can be hard to exercise. But doing some kind of movement, such as stretching, yoga, water exercise or walking can help improve function and pain. Weight loss has also been linked to improved symptoms.

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Acupuncture

Some studies have shown that alternative treatment, such as acupuncture may offer benefits. This type of therapy should be done in combination with traditional therapies, but ask your doctor about what is best for you. Acupuncture may help relieve muscle tension and help with relaxation.

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Meditation

Some studies have shown that meditation can improve psoriasis. Though no studies have been done on meditation and psoriatic arthritis, anecdotal evidence suggests that meditation can help relieve stress and anxiety, which in turn helps with the arthritis.

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