Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment

Joint Care
Some people find that using a splint for a short time around a painful joint reduces pain and swelling by supporting the joint and letting it rest. Splints are used mostly on wrists and hands, but may also be used on ankles and feet. A doctor or a physical or occupational therapist can help a person choose a splint and make sure it fits properly.
Stress Reduction
People with psoriatic arthritis face both emotional and physical challenges. Among the things that can increase the stress level of a person with psoriatic arthritis are the emotions he or she feels as a result of the disease (including fear, anger, and frustration) and any pain or physical limitations he or she may have.
Although there is no evidence that stress plays a role in causing psoriatic arthritis, it can make living with the disease difficult at times. Stress may also affect the amount of pain a person feels. There are a number of successful techniques for coping with stress.
A few of the things that can help relieve stress include regular rest periods, relaxation, distraction, and visualization exercises. Exercise programs, participation in support groups, and good communication with the healthcare team are other ways to reduce stress.
Healthful Diet
There is no scientific evidence that any specific food or nutrient helps or harms people with psoriatic arthritis. However, an overall nutritious diet with enough -- but not excessive quantities of -- calories, protein, and calcium is important.
Some people may need to be careful about drinking alcoholic beverages because of the medications they take for psoriatic arthritis. Those taking methotrexate may need to avoid alcohol altogether, since one of the most serious long-term side effects of methotrexate is liver damage.
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