Psoriatic ArthritisPsA Signs and Symptoms

Let's Talk About the Signs and Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis isn't always easy to spot. In fact, some don't even have psoriasis! Here's what to look for instead.

    Our Pro PanelPsoriatic Arthritis Signs and Symptoms

    We went to some of the nation's top experts in PsA to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Lawrence Brent, M.D

    Lawrence Brent, M.DProfessor of Medicine in the Section of Rheumatology

    Temple University Hospital
    Vivian P. Bykerk, M.D.

    Vivian P. Bykerk, M.D.Director of the Inflammatory Arthritis Center

    Hospital for Special Surgery
    New York City
    Rebecca Haberman, M.D.

    Rebecca Haberman, M.D.Rheumatologist and Clinical Instructor

    New York University Langone Health
    New York City

    Frequently Asked QuestionsPsoriatic Arthritis Signs and Symptoms

    Is it possible that you can have more than one type of arthritis?

    Yes. It is common to have both PsA and osteoarthritis, especially if you are over 60. The majority of people over the age of 60 have osteoarthritis, which develops from the accumulation of everyday wear and tear on joints. The symptoms of PsA can also be similar to RA, but if the blood tests for RA come back positive, then your arthritis would be called rheumatoid arthritis.

    Can children get psoriatic arthritis?

    Yes. According to the Arthritis Foundation, approximately 300,000 children are affected by some type of pediatric arthritis, including psoriatic arthritis. Children are more likely than adults to experience the onset of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis at the same time.

    Is it possible that something else is causing my joints to ache?

    Absolutely. Lyme disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and lupus can all cause joint symptoms and will need to be ruled out before a PsA diagnosis can be made.

    Can you still be active if you have psoriatic arthritis?

    Yes, in fact, if you have been diagnosed with PsA, it is important to remain active and develop a regular exercise routine. If you are feeling too sore to exercise, it may be helpful to work with a physical therapist to help you find a routine that will work for you.

    Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

    Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.


    Since 2004, Dr. Davenport has shared her passion for health and knowledge of the psycho-social aspects of chronic diseases with the HealthCentral community.