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How are swollen joints a sign of ineffective psoriatic arthritis medication?

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You might need a corticosteroid shot to ease inflammation in a specific joint. Physical therapy also helps.

Even if your joints feel less sore, it’s important to keep track of swelling and inflammation. It can mean your joints are being harmed. If the swelling doesn’t go down after you’ve taken your meds for a while, ask your doctor what else you can do to prevent more damage.

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology.

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Philip Mease, MD, Seattle Rheumatology Associates.

John Hardin, MD, chief scientific officer, Arthritis Foundation; professor of medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City.

Arthritis Foundation.

Mark Lebwohl, MD, professor and chairman of dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center.

Tilling, L.  , 2006. Clinical Drug Investigation

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 17, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology.

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Philip Mease, MD, Seattle Rheumatology Associates.

John Hardin, MD, chief scientific officer, Arthritis Foundation; professor of medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City.

Arthritis Foundation.

Mark Lebwohl, MD, professor and chairman of dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center.

Tilling, L.  , 2006. Clinical Drug Investigation

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 17, 2018

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