Psoriatic Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation of the joints and is generally found in patient who have or have previously had psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system attack our body, causing skin lesions, joint pain, stiffness, or swelling in and around your joint. One of the common signs is the silvery scaling and red plaguing that is usually not itchy. Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis are similar to psoriasis and include:

a)Morning stiffness b) Joint pain and swelling c) Skin rash d) Fatigue and weakness e) Itching f) Small dents in fingernails g) Tendinitis h) Pain and redness in the eyes

The exact cause of psoriatic arthritis is unknown, however there are many theories to why the condition occurs. Some say it’s to do with genetics, the immune system and environmental factors, for example infection that leads to arthritis. A certain gene HLA-B27 is closely associated with psoriatic arthritis and inflammation of the spine. Although that theory is extremely weak as many people possess the gene and haven’t sustained psoriatic arthritis. Certain risk factors are involved with psoriatic arthritis comprising of skin trauma, females, genetics, environmental factors, smoking, stress, alcohol and obesity. Management for psoriatic arthritis is tailored to the severity of the condition, to make sure that the right treatment is administered to prevent future problems occurring. Treatment may include non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and disease modifying anti-rhematic medication, conservative care including warm heat packs to compress the area and low-level laser therapy. Low-level laser therapy or cold laser therapy is a technique applied to many patients suffering inflammatory conditions to aid in reducing swelling and promoting blood flow. Cold laser therapy has been adopted by many health professions due to its effectiveness and easy use on many musculoskeletal disorders. Cold laser therapy treats psoriatic arthritis by encouraging blood flow to joints to repair the damaged tissue and promotes skin rejuvenation to eliminate rashes and psoriasis present. Cold laser therapy is an alternative medicine used to induce healing and repair and utilises low levels of light. The therapy doesn’t expose patients to any harmful conditions and it helps manage a vast amount of soft tissue and joint disorders. Cold laser therapy (low-level laser therapy) has been used in many cases in our practice to treat psoriatic arthritis, so if you’ve noticed any of the symptoms as mentioned above or you have been diagnosed with the condition, Lakeside Laser clinic may benefit you.Lakeside Laser in Perth’s northern suburb Joondalup, is situated on the Central Walk and attracts many patients from all around Perth. We have patients from mostly northern suburbs including, Alkimos, Ocean Reef, Heathridge, Beldon Kingsley and Gnangara and have HICAPS facilities on site to make the expense more affordable. To book an appointment you can book via our ‘book now’ tab on our website or call us on 93000095 to speak with our trained staff and schedule in a treatment as soon as possible.
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