Helping Hands – Who’s on Your 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 more about the healthcare professionals who are here to help!
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.
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.
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.
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.