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What are the three ways to protect your joints if you have psoriatic arthritis?

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Make these three things a habit:

1. Pace yourself. Switch between heavy, hard, or repetitive tasks and light or easy tasks. Make sure you take breaks.

2. Be kind to your joints. Put as little stress on them as possible. Use larger, stronger joints when you can, instead of smaller ones. For example, wear a shoulder bag rather than a handheld purse.

3. Get an assist. Many helpful devices -- like canes, grab bars, extra-thick pens, luggage carts, or sit/stand stools -- can make your day easier. Ask an occupational therapist which ones would help you.

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Psoriatic Arthritis." MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Psoriatic Arthritis." National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders: "Roundtable Discussion on Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis." National Psoriasis Foundation: "About Psoriasis: Psoriatic Arthritis."



Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 17, 2018

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation: "Psoriatic Arthritis." MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Psoriatic Arthritis." National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders: "Roundtable Discussion on Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis." National Psoriasis Foundation: "About Psoriasis: Psoriatic Arthritis."



Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 17, 2018

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