Veda Medical

Psoriatic Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Welcome to Veda Medical, a trusted healthcare provider that delivers comprehensive care for various medical conditions. We specialize in managing and treating Psoriatic Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, two chronic inflammatory diseases that can significantly impact a person’s quality of life.

Psoriatic Arthritis is an autoimmune condition that affects individuals with psoriasis, a chronic skin disorder characterized by red, scaly patches. This form of Arthritis causes joint inflammation, resulting in pain, stiffness, swelling, and reduced mobility. At Veda Medical, our experienced team of physicians and specialists understands the complexities of Psoriatic Arthritis. It is committed to providing individualized care to improve your symptoms and overall well-being.

Rheumatoid Arthritis, on the other hand, is a chronic autoimmune disease that primarily affects the joints. It causes inflammation, pain, swelling, and stiffness, often leading to joint deformity and disability if left untreated. At Veda Medical, we recognize the unique challenges that Rheumatoid Arthritis presents and offer a multidisciplinary approach to managing this condition effectively.

When you choose Veda Medical for your Psoriatic Arthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis care, you can expect a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your needs. Our dedicated healthcare professionals work closely with you to develop a personalized approach that includes medication management, lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, and other adjunctive therapies to alleviate your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

At Veda Medical, we prioritize patient education and empowerment. Informed patients are better equipped to participate in their care actively. Our team takes the time to explain your condition, discuss treatment options, and address any concerns or questions you may have. We are committed to supporting you throughout your journey, providing the tools and resources you need to manage your Psoriatic Arthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis effectively.

With a focus on evidence-based medicine, cutting-edge technology, and compassionate care, Veda Medical is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health and well-being. Our commitment extends beyond managing symptoms as we strive to enhance your overall quality of life by promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Experience our dedication to excellence as we work together to manage your Psoriatic Arthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis. When you choose Veda Medical, you choose a team of professionals passionate about providing exceptional care and improving your quality of life.

What is Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis is a chronic autoimmune condition primarily affecting individuals with psoriasis, a chronic skin disorder characterized by red, scaly patches. It is an inflammatory disease that can cause pain, swelling, and joint stiffness. Psoriatic Arthritis typically develops in people with psoriasis, but it can also occur in individuals without a prior history of the skin condition.

Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis can vary from person to person. Here are some common features associated with this condition:

  1. Joint Pain and Stiffness: Psoriatic Arthritis often causes joint pain and stiffness. The pain may be worse in the morning or after periods of inactivity. It can affect any joint, including the fingers, toes, wrists, knees, and ankles.
  2. Swollen Joints: Inflammation in the joints can lead to swelling, making the affected joints appear puffy or enlarged. The swelling may be accompanied by warmth and tenderness in the affected area.
  3. Skin and Nail Changes: Psoriatic Arthritis can involve changes in the skin and nails. Individuals may experience red, scaly patches of skin (psoriasis) similar to those seen in psoriasis. Additionally, changes in the nails, such as pitting, discoloration, or separation from the nail bed, can occur.
  4. Fatigue: Many people with Psoriatic Arthritis experience fatigue and a general feeling of being unwell. This fatigue may be related to the body’s immune response and chronic inflammation.
  5. Enthesitis: Enthesitis refers to inflammation at the points where tendons or ligaments attach to the bone. It commonly affects areas such as the Achilles tendon, the sole of the foot, or the elbow, causing pain and tenderness.
  6. Dactylitis: Dactylitis is the swelling of an entire digit, giving it a “sausage-like” appearance. This condition can occur in fingers or toes and is characteristic of Psoriatic Arthritis.

Treatment Options

Psoriatic Arthritis is a chronic condition that requires ongoing management. The treatment approach aims to alleviate symptoms, slow down disease progression, and improve overall quality of life. Here are some common treatment options for Psoriatic Arthritis:

  1. Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with Psoriatic Arthritis. They provide symptomatic relief but do not alter the course of the disease.
  2. Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs): DMARDs, such as methotrexate or sulfasalazine, are often prescribed to slow down the progression of Psoriatic Arthritis, reduce joint damage, and improve symptoms. These medications target the underlying autoimmune process.
  3. Biologic Agents: Biologic medications, including TNF inhibitors (such as etanercept and adalimumab) and other targeted therapies, can be prescribed for more severe cases of Psoriatic Arthritis. These medications specifically target immune system components involved in the disease process.
  4. Corticosteroids: In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be used to provide temporary relief from severe joint pain and inflammation. However, long-term use of oral corticosteroids is generally avoided due to potential side effects.
  5. Physical Therapy: Physical therapy exercises and techniques can help improve joint mobility, reduce pain, and strengthen muscles supporting the affected joints. A physical therapist can develop a personalized exercise program tailored to the individual’s needs.

Lifestyle Modifications

Making lifestyle changes can be beneficial in managing Psoriatic Arthritis. These modifications may include:

  • Maintaining a Healthy Weight: Excess weight can stress the joints more, exacerbating symptoms. Losing weight, if necessary, can help reduce joint pain and improve mobility.
  • Regular Exercise: Engaging in regular low-impact exercises, such as swimming, walking, or cycling, can help improve joint flexibility, strengthen muscles, and reduce stiffness. Working with a healthcare professional or physical therapist is important to develop an exercise plan suitable for your condition.
  • Stress Management: Stress can worsen symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis. Finding healthy coping mechanisms, such as practicing relaxation techniques, engaging in hobbies, or seeking support from friends and family, can help manage stress levels.
  • Protecting Joints: Taking steps to protect your joints from excessive strain or injury is crucial. This may involve using assistive devices, such as braces or splints, to support joints during activities or adapting workspaces to reduce joint stress.
  • Balanced Diet: Although no specific diet has been proven to cure Psoriatic Arthritis, maintaining a balanced and nutritious diet can contribute to overall health and well-being. Eating various fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help support the immune system and maintain a healthy weight.

It is important to consult with a healthcare professional or rheumatologist for an accurate diagnosis and to discuss appropriate treatment options based on your specific condition. They can guide you through the available treatment options, monitor your progress, and adjust your treatment plan as needed.

Managing Psoriatic Arthritis requires a multidisciplinary approach, and at Veda Medical, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive care that addresses your unique needs. Our team of experienced professionals is committed to improving your symptoms, slowing disease progression, and helping you lead a fulfilling and active life with Psoriatic Arthritis.

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis 

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease that primarily affects the joints. It occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s tissues, leading to inflammation, pain, and joint damage. Rheumatoid Arthritis commonly affects the small joints of the hands, wrists, feet, and ankles, but it can also affect other joints throughout the body.

Here are the key aspects of Rheumatoid Arthritis, including its signs and symptoms, as well as treatment options:

Signs and Symptoms:

  1. Joint Pain and Stiffness: Rheumatoid Arthritis typically causes joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. These symptoms are often more pronounced in the morning or after periods of inactivity. The affected joints may feel warm to the touch and become tender.
  2. Symmetrical Joint Involvement: One of the characteristic features of Rheumatoid Arthritis is that it usually affects joints symmetrically. For example, if a joint in the left hand is affected, the corresponding joint in the right hand is likely to also be affected.
  3. Joint Deformity: Over time, Rheumatoid Arthritis can lead to joint deformities and functional limitations. The inflammation can damage the joint cartilage and surrounding structures, causing joint deformities and difficulty with movement.
  4. Fatigue and Generalized Weakness: Many individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis experience fatigue, a persistent feeling of tiredness, and generalized weakness. This can significantly impact daily activities and overall quality of life.
  5. Systemic Manifestations: Rheumatoid Arthritis is a systemic disease, meaning it can affect other parts of the body besides the joints. It can lead to inflammation in other organs, such as the eyes, lungs, heart, and blood vessels.

Treatment Options:

  1. Medications: Various medications are used to manage Rheumatoid Arthritis. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help reduce pain and inflammation. Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are prescribed to slow disease progression and prevent joint damage. Biologic response modifiers (biologics) are a newer class of medications that target specific immune system components to reduce inflammation.
  2. Physical Therapy: Physical therapy plays an essential role in managing Rheumatoid Arthritis. A physical therapist can design a tailored exercise program to improve joint flexibility, strengthen muscles, and enhance overall mobility. They may also provide strategies for joint protection and assistive device recommendations.
  3. Lifestyle Modifications: Certain lifestyle modifications can help manage Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms. These include regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, getting enough rest and sleep, managing stress levels, and avoiding activities that strain the joints excessively.
  4. Joint Injections: Corticosteroid injections into affected joints can temporarily relieve inflammation and pain. These injections are usually targeted to specific joints that are particularly troublesome.
  5. Surgery: In cases where joint damage is severe and significantly affects daily functioning, surgical interventions may be considered. Joint replacement surgery, such as total knee or hip replacement, can help improve mobility and relieve pain.

The treatment approach for Rheumatoid Arthritis is individualized and may involve a combination of these treatment options. Working closely with a healthcare professional or rheumatologist is crucial to develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. Regular monitoring and adjustments to the treatment plan may be necessary to manage the condition effectively and improve your quality of life.

Question & Answers

Question: What is the difference between Psoriatic Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis? 

Answer: Psoriatic Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis are autoimmune diseases affecting the joints. However, Psoriatic Arthritis is typically associated with psoriasis, a chronic skin condition characterized by red, scaly patches. Rheumatoid Arthritis, on the other hand, does not have a specific skin manifestation. Additionally, the pattern of joint involvement and other associated symptoms can differ between the two conditions.

Question: Are Psoriatic Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis curable? 

Answer: Currently, there is no cure for Psoriatic Arthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis. However, with appropriate management, including medications, lifestyle modifications, and regular medical care, the symptoms can be controlled, and the progression of joint damage can be slowed down.

Question: Can Psoriatic Arthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis affect other organs besides the joints? 

Answer: Yes, both Psoriatic Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis are systemic diseases that can affect other organs besides the joints. They can cause inflammation in various organs, such as the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, and blood vessels. Regular monitoring and appropriate medical management are important to address any potential systemic involvement.

Question: Can pregnancy affect Psoriatic Arthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms? 

Answer: Pregnancy can have varying effects on Psoriatic Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms. Some women experience improvement in their symptoms during pregnancy, while others may experience flare-ups. It is essential to work closely with healthcare professionals to manage the condition during pregnancy and ensure the safety of both the mother and the baby.

Question: Can changes in diet help manage Psoriatic Arthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis? 

Answer: While no specific diet can cure Psoriatic Arthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis, a balanced and nutritious diet can contribute to overall health and well-being. Some individuals may find that certain dietary modifications, such as reducing processed foods and incorporating anti-inflammatory foods like fruits, vegetables, and fatty fish, may help alleviate symptoms. It is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian for personalized dietary recommendations.

Question: Can physical activity worsen Psoriatic Arthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms? 

Answer: Physical activity generally benefits individuals with Psoriatic Arthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis. Regular exercise helps maintain joint mobility, strengthen muscles, reduce stiffness, and improve overall well-being. However, working with a healthcare professional or physical therapist to develop an exercise program tailored to your specific condition, considering joint involvement and individual limitations, is vital.

Remember, these are general questions and answers, and it is always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional or rheumatologist for accurate diagnosis, personalized treatment options, and specific advice regarding Psoriatic Arthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis. They can provide detailed information, address concerns, and manage your condition effectively.

Other Services We Provide

  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrom
  • Carpometacarpal Boss
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture
  • Fingers
  • Ganglion Cysts
  • Nail Bed Injuries 
  • Nerve and Tendon Injuries
  • Power Saw Injuries
  • Scaphoid Union and Non-Union
  • Stiffness in the Hand and Wrist
  • Trigger Finger, and Jammed and Mallet Finger
  • Wrist Facture
  • Wrist Sprain

Meet Dr. Mohan

Board Certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Trained in Hand, Wrist, and Microsurgery. Dr. Pradeep S. Mohan is a highly-skilled, Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. After completing his General Surgery Residency at Seton Hall University, he attended Yale University and Southern Illinois University to complete fellowships in Hand and Microsurgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has received extensive training in all aspects of Cosmetic Surgery and Non-Surgical Rejuvenation. 

Dr. Mohan takes pride in his work, and his patients love him for his transparency, excellent bedside manner, and ease of explanation of the procedures. He believes in having educated and informed patients. Dr. Mohan is known for his individualized and comprehensive treatment plans and dedication to perfection, resulting in total patent satisfaction. He is here to help you achieve your desired goals.

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Are you ready to regain optimal hand and wrist function, alleviate pain, and enhance your quality of life? Look no further than Veda Medical, where our experienced team of hand specialists is dedicated to providing exceptional care and personalized treatment options. We are committed to delivering outstanding outcomes with our expertise in hand and microsurgery, state-of-the-art facilities, and compassionate approach. Contact Veda Medical today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards restored hand and wrist health. Let us be your trusted partner on your journey to improved function, comfort, and a brighter future.

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