An inflammatory arthritis, psoriatic arthritis mostly affects the people who have the peculiar skin condition called psoriasis. Though complete cure may not be possible in extreme cases, with proper treatment pain and stiffness can be controlled. Inflammation over a long time can lead to degeneration of the joints and treatment should be done to lessen the process of degeneration and joint damage.
Medications as well as injections and surgery are done for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis condition and sometimes Ayurveda treatment also is seen to be effective to some extent.
Ways to Treat Psoriatic Arthritis
Non-steroidal as well as anti-inflammatory drugs also known as NSAIDS cannot prevent joint damage, but can lessen inflammation, pain and stiffness of the joints. Anacin, aspirins and ibuprofen are over the counter medicines that can be taken for reducing pain and stiffness.
If the pain is severe, the doctor will prescribe stronger medicines. Too much of medication will lead to some side effects. People with kidney problems, high blood pressure, those who have had heart attacks and other serious diseases should take the medicines only after consulting a specialist doctor. People taking blood thinning medicines also should be careful when taking these medicines.
DMARDS are a little more effective than the other medications for lessening pain and stiffness. These medicines will reduce joint damage to some extent, but takes a long time for noticeable improvement.
Some of the medicines will help reduce psoriasis skin condition, but these too have side effects which affect the liver and kidneys as well as mild conditions like mouth sores, diarrhea as well as nausea. So, without the doctor’s permission these medications should not be taken.
Corticosteroids treat extreme inflammation, severe pain and stiffness. It is taken in the form of injections on the areas of inflammation, but too many injections tend to have side effects also.
Biologic response modifiers, unlike DAMARDs that target the entire immune system, target only specific parts and are given as injections or intravenous infusion. There may be a few side effects but which can be overcome with the help of a medical practitioner.
Joint replacement is recommended for those who have severe psoriatic arthritis whereby the damaged part is replaced by metal or plastic joints that help mobility and reduces pain.
Detoxification or elimination of the toxins from the body is done through ‘Panchakarma’ treatment. Medications internal as well as external are done in this treatment which is purely of plant origin. Medicated ghee has to be consumed for at least one week followed by purgation and making the patient vomit to remove off all toxins from the body. ‘Dhara’ which is oil or medicated buttermilk dripping over the head is also done.
Basthies which are medicated enemas are also done for one week and medical concoctions as well as medicated ghee have to be consumed for a period of three months. The whole life style of the person changes and vegetarian food is preferred during the treatment. For those who are ready to accept the rigorous Ayurveda treatment and can wait for months to find results can go in for this treatment. But this treatment has no side effects as seen with other medications.