by Richard Symister @ MovEvolution Physical Therapy

Psoriatic Arthritis and the Athletic Shoulder: Skin and Joint Pain

#psoriaticarthritis #shoulderarthritis

DEFINITION:
Psoriatic arthritis (PA) is a form of arthritis that affects some people who have psoriasis ( a disease characterized by red, itchy, inflamed skin). PA causes inflammation in your joints because your immune system is overactive. (Sometimes doctors misdiagnose it as GOUT, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS or OSTEOARTHRITIS.)

PA SYMPTOMS:
– Joint pain, swelling or stiffness in one or more joints
– red patches of skin topped with silvery scales
– “Sausage-like” swelling in your fingers and toes
– Pain in and around your feet and ankles
– Thick, red, scaly patches on your skin

SIGNIFICANCE TO THE ATHLETE
“Hot spots” across your skin and shoulder joint pain can significantly restrict natural shoulder movement and can lead to negative compensatory patterns. In simper terms, because of skin or joint pain, you no longer use your shoulder efficiently, naturally or safely.

Treatment:
Treatment for PA depends on how severe your condition is and what areas of your body are affected. The goals of treatment at Movevolution Physical Therapy are to reduce joint pain and swelling, control, slow down and prevent further shoulder joint damage and restore natural movement and strength via:
– manual therapy/body work
– teaching proper rest for healing and recovery
– teacing sports-specific exercises to encourage natural joint movement
– using modalities (heat,ice) to reduce pain

Has PA crept into your should joint? Need some shoulder pain and mobility help? Contact us. We love shoulders at Movevolution Physical Therapy !

push…pull…lift…punch…climb…row…serve…throw…swing…Evolve.

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2. http://www.PsoriaticInfo.com
3. http://www.psoriaticarthritisinfo.com
4. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=5105
5. https://medlineplus.gov/psoriaticarthritis.html http://ow.ly/i/nNLLz