Spondylitis Psoriatic Arthritis
To understand Spondylitis Psoriatic Arthritis you need to know about athritis and psoriatic arthritis.
Arthritis is a disease that refers to a large, broad category of disorders. This can be seen from the fact that over 100 separate ailments are found under the heading of arthritis. These are disorders that can take place at any age of your life. Out of the more than 100 conditions that are a form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the two most widespread kinds of the disease. Some of the other types of arthritis are ankylosing spondylitis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, gouty arthritis, septic arthritis and Still’s disease. Arthritis is a disorder that is evidenced by pain and tenderness that may be aggravated by activity or movement. Arthritis may cause inflammation that is marked by redness and/or warmth, stiffness and swelling. Arthritis may bring about the loss of range of motion or flexibility in your joint or joints that are being affected by the disorder. Arthritis may also be characterized by unexplained weight loss, deformity in your joints, loss of energy and extreme fatigue.
One of the over 100 kinds of arthritis is psoriatic arthritis. It is also known as psoriatic arthropathy and arthropathic psoriasis. Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that is evidenced by inflammation. This is an aspect of the disease that is like rheumatoid arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis is estimated to affect 24 out of every 10,000 people in the United States. Psoriasis is a skin affliction that may lead to psoriatic arthritis. Estimates are that about 5 to 10% of the people who are afflicted with psoriasis will go on and develop psoriatic arthritis.
There are five types of psoriatic arthritis. They are asymmetric psoriatic arthritis, symmetric psoriatic arthritis, arthritis mutilans, DIP psoriatic arthritis and spondylitis psoriatic arthritis.
Spondylitis psoriatic arthritis is marked by stiffness and/or inflammation in your spine or neck. Other areas that may be affected are the joints of your shoulders, sacroiliac and hips.
Spondylitis psoriatic arthritis may also involve your feet and hands in a way like symmetric psoriatic arthritis does. This may involve thickening, discoloring and pitting (small depressions) of your nails.
How many people have Spondylitis Psoriatic Arthritis?
Spondylitis psoriatic arthritis accounts for less than 20% of the cases of psoriatic arthritis. It develops three times as often in men as it does in women. Signs and symptoms usually begin before you reach the age of 45.
Causes and symptoms Spondylitis Psoriatic Arthritis
The precise cause of spondylitis psoriatic arthritis has not yet been determined. However, this disease does look like it has a genetic link. The genes that may play a part in causing spondylitis psoriatic arthritis affect your immune system and its function.
There are several signs and symptoms that you may experience with spondylitis psoriatic arthritis. Some of these include:
- Stiffness in your back in the morning or after a period of rest
- Stiffness, pain and inflammation in the region of your thighs, ribs, hips, along your spine and lower back
- Inflammation of your heel and the bottom of your foot
- Inflammation of your eye
- Fusion of the vertebrae in your spine
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