The connection between psoriasis and joint pain

You already know that skin symptoms are a sign of psoriasis, but did you know that joint pain could also be a related symptom? Both can come from problems in your immune system. If you feel joint pain along with your skin symptoms, you may have a related condition called psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis is a condition that can cause permanent joint damage.

This chart can help give you an idea of the possible symptoms related to each condition.

Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis and plaque psoriasis

How can a rheumatologist help?

If you have symptoms of psoriatic arthritis, it’s important to see a doctor who can diagnose your condition before it progresses. A rheumatologist is a doctor who specializes in joint conditions, including psoriatic arthritis. He or she can help you find a treatment that can help improve your symptoms and help prevent further joint damage.

Your family doctor can refer you to a rheumatologist who:

  1. Has advanced knowledge of psoriatic arthritis and other conditions of the immune system
  2. Sees many people who have symptoms of psoriatic arthritis
  3. Can prescribe you a medicine that can treat skin and joint symptoms and help stop further joint damage

Find a rheumatologist near you.
Psoriasis and joint pain
Learn more about a treatment option for psoriatic arthritis.
THE TAKEAWAY
  • Skin symptoms and joint pain can be related
  • Psoriatic arthritis is a condition that has both skin and joint symptoms
  • If you have joint pain, it could mean you have joint damage
  • Seeing a rheumatologist can help you diagnose and manage your condition
“First I was diagnosed with psoriasis. Ten years later, I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis.”
Read Bob’s story
Did you know?
Up to 30% of people with psoriasis symptoms may actually have or develop psoriatic arthritis.