If you have psoriasis or a family history of psoriasis and you are experiencing joint pain and swelling, you could have psoriatic arthritis, a serious disease that may lead to joint destruction and disability. New research from the National Psoriasis Foundation reveals that nearly one in four people with psoriasis - the most common autoimmune disease in the country, affecting as many as 7.5 million Americans - may have undiagnosed psoriatic arthritis, a type of inflammatory arthritis that affects the joints and tendons. This is in addition to the up to 2 million people already diagnosed with the disease. The Psoriasis Foundation study found that 22 percent of psoriasis-only participants had significant symptoms of psoriatic arthritis, such as joint pain, pain that moved from one joint to the other;
The American College of Rheumatology joins organizations from around the world in celebrating World Arthritis Day. Held every year on October 12, this year's theme is "Move to Improve" focusing on using physical activity to combat arthritis and rheumatic diseases such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout and psoriatic arthritis. An estimated 50 million Americans including nearly 300, 000 children are affected by arthritis and rheumatic diseases. People with these diseases who are inactive can have a variety of health risks, including type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In addition, decreased pain tolerance, weak muscles, stiff joints and poor balance common to many forms of arthritis can be made worse by inactivity. Conversely, those who are physically active benefit from exercise and can experience improvement in pain, energy, sleep, and day-to-day functioning.
A medication already approved to build bone mass in patients with osteoporosis also builds cartilage around joints and could potentially be repurposed to treat millions of people suffering from arthritis, according to orthopaedic research at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The study authors hope their laboratory findings, published in the current issue of Science Translational Medicine, will set the stage for the first human clinical trials to test human parathyroid hormone (brand name: Forteo ) in this growing patient population. Since 2005, arthritis has been ranked as the leading cause of disability in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And by 2030 an estimated 67 million people, or 25 percent of the adult population in this country will have osteoarthritis (OA), a painful, degenerative joint disease that often begins with an injury and results in the progressive loss of cartilage.
Complementary and alternative medical (CAM) treatments such as herbal supplements have become increasingly popular in the United States, especially among older patients and those with chronic pain. However, many of these products can have serious and potentially harmful side effects when combined with medications prescribed during and after surgery, according to a review article in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS). About 20 percent of prescription users also take an herbal supplement, and those rates are higher - studies suggest between 35 and 70 percent - among orthopaedic patients who are candidates for surgery. "Herbal remedies are classified as dietary supplements, meaning they are exempt from the safety and efficacy regulations that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires for prescription and over-the-counter medications, " said David T.
In this year's annual World Arthritis Day under the theme "Move to Improve" held on October 12, the American College of Rheumatology is joining worldwide organizations in implementing physical activities to combat arthritis and rheumatic diseases, including osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and lupus. In the U.S. approximately 50 million individuals, including almost 300, 000 children suffer from arthritis and rheumatic diseases. Inactivity in people affected by these diseases could potentially lead to the development of a variety of health risks, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It also worsens weak muscles, stiff joints, decreased pain tolerance and poor balance common to many forms of arthritis. Compared with people who are inactive, those physically active are physically healthier, happier and live longer, experiencing improvement in pain, sleep, energy and day-to-day functioning.