The most common medications for PsA are often also used to treat ankylosing spondylitis, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), sulfasalazine (Azulfidine), immunosuppressants, and biologic medications, such as TNF inhibitors.
Exercise is essential for preserving strength and maintaining range of motion in patients with PsA. Isometric exercises, which contract muscles without joint motion, may be less damaging to inflamed joints. Physical and occupational therapy may greatly help patients maximize the function of arthritic joints.
Patients should consult with their physician to determine which of these treatments is most appropriate for their condition.
While PsA can certainly affect an individual’s quality of life, the symptoms of the disease can be managed effectively. Paying attention to symptoms of the disease and addressing them as soon as they arise are important in achieving positive outcomes.