People with psoriasis often hear the phrase “more than skin deep”—referring to the fact that this condition is an autoimmune disease that starts at the cellular level, not just on the top of your skin. 

Well, the same miscommunication between cells that causes your skin to form plaques can also lead to inflammation and joint pain. Psoriatic arthritis, a condition in which the immune system attacks healthy joint tissues, affects almost 1 in 3 people with psoriasis.

Any part of the body can be affected, with joint pain ranging from mild to severe. And here’s the thing: The earlier a person with psoriatic arthritis gets treatment, the better the chance of protecting joints. That’s why it’s so important to be aware of your risk for psoriatic arthritis. 

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Published August 2011

Causes & Risk Factors
Your Healthcare Team
Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Joint Pain? It Could Be Psoriatic Arthritis
Fitness: Stretch Away Pain
Quiz: Test Your Psoriatic Arthritis IQ

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