Talking with your Doctor | Talking with your Doctor – Psoriatic Arthritis

Talking With Your Doctor

Don’t delay – take action today

You may feel anxious or scared about the symptoms you may be experiencing. Know that your doctor is there to help. Only your doctor can properly diagnose you, and if needed, refer you to a specialist for further care. Talking to your doctor is an important first step in taking control of your health.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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What to Do Next


Take the quiz

See if you have the symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis, or another condition, by taking our 30-second quiz.


Take your results to your doctor

Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your results and identify next steps. Find a doctor


Get a specialist referral

Your GP may need to refer you to a specialist for a diagnosis and to determine a treatment plan. Learn about treatment options

Starting the Conversation

Talking to your doctor about Psoriatic Arthritis? To help make the most of your time, here are 5 key questions to guide your discussion. If you haven’t already, take our 30-second quiz to find out if you have symptoms related to PsA. Share your results with your doctor at your next appointment.

Your Healthcare Team

Psoriatic Arthritis can take its toll – physically, emotionally and mentally. That’s why it’s important to have a good team around you. Learn what each member of your team does – so you know who to go to for the support you need.


This is the physician who specializes in treating inflammation and arthritis, as well as other conditions involving joints and bones. Rheumatologists are experts in treating the swelling, pain and stiffness connected with PsA.


You may already have a dermatologist – that is, a physician who specializes in skin health. If you do already experience the raised red patches, scaly skin associated with Psoriasis, it’s a good idea to seek the help of a dermatologist. Look for one who is experienced with PsA and Psoriasis, so they can help you find the proper treatments and care.

Family Doctor:

Depending on your severity of Psoriatic Arthritis, your family doctor may play a role in helping you manage your condition. He or she may be the one to make the initial diagnosis of PsA too.


The stress associated with having Psoriatic Arthritis can be immense. Some patients find it beneficial to talk to a therapist or mental health professional who can help find strategies to cope.


Whether you are taking prescription or non-prescription medication, the pharmacist is a great resource. He or she can help you identify possible side effects linked to a medication – and how to manage them.

Find A Doctor

Use the tool below to find a doctor near you. Simply choose the province and type of physician you’re looking for.

If you haven’t received a diagnosis yet, you’ll need to first make an appointment with a General Practitioner (GP). If needed, he or she will refer you to a Specialist for further care. If you already have a referral, use the tool below to find a Dermatologist or Rheumatologist near you.