Natural treatment of psoriatic arthritis is a topic of debate because there are some who believe that natural healing solutions can replace traditional medicine. Some believe that this is a huge mistake. Psoriatic arthritis is a serious disease and if left untreated will worsen to the point where an individual is unable to perform daily activities.
Once diagnosed a patient needs to be put on a medication regimen which is strictly adhered to. Natural remedies may be administered in addition to traditional medication, but should not be expected to replace the traditional healing.
Psoriatic arthritis is an arthritic joint disease with chronic skin scaling and fingernail abnormalities. Physicians treat several different forms of psoriatic arthritis, in some patients it affects the small joints: fingers and toes. In other patients the disease will affect joints on only one side of the body. Some patients are affected in the large joints on both sides of the body. In some rare cases, the disease destroys the joints and bones leaving patients with painfully contorted, club-like hands and feet.
A precursor to joint disease is occasionally pitting and other changes in the fingernails.
Most people develop psoriatic arthritis at ages 35-45. It has occasionally been seen earlier in adults and children. Both the skin conditions and the joint symptoms will come and go. It isn't clear how the severity of the psoriasis symptoms affect the arthritis pain and vice versa. Recent surveys demonstrate a correlation between persons with arthritis and psoriasis symptoms.
Because of the severity of the symptoms many doctors prescribe NSAIDS which are anti-inflammatory drugs. These are short-term solutions and do relieve pain and inflammation, though long-term treatment plans need to be evaluated.