Living with psoriatic arthritis (PsA)
Living with your psoriatic arthritis day to day
There are steps you can take when living with your active psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Click on the tabs below for tips on staying active, eating well, and connecting with others who are living with PsA. Don’t forget to also give your body the rest it needs.
When you have PsA, the last thing you may want to do is exercise. But exercise and physical activity are vital for people with PsA. They help to increase strength and flexibility and reduce joint pain. Before starting any exercise routine, be sure to talk with your doctor or physical therapist. They can recommend activities that are right for you. Some activities that may be appropriate for people living with PsA are:
- Walking builds strength and helps maintain joint flexibility. You may find it helpful to start out in short intervals of 10 minutes and gradually increase your time
- Cycling is a low-impact aerobic activity that is easy on your joints
- Yoga can help relieve pain, relax stiff muscles, ease sore joints, and improve range of motion
- Swimming or warm-water exercise builds strength, eases stiff joints, and relaxes sore muscles
- Tai chi can help maintain your mobility and work on range of motion. It can also help with relaxation
Whichever exercises you and your doctor decide are right for you, remember to start slowly and increase your exercise program gradually. Don’t forget to give your body the rest it needs.
Find more exercise tips at ArthritisToday.com.
Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet can benefit anyone, but it’s especially important for people living with active PsA. Poor eating habits can increase stress on weight-bearing joints and decrease your energy and mobility.
Talk with your doctor before making any changes to your diet. Ask for a referral to a registered dietician for advice about healthful eating and the right eating plan for you.
Find more healthy eating tips at ArthritisToday.com.
If you have active PsA, you don’t have to feel like you’re alone. There are plenty of resources available online that can offer support and help you connect with others who are living with your condition. These include local support groups, fundraising walks, outreach programs, online communities, and volunteer opportunities. The websites below can help you learn more about your condition and connect with the PsA community.
Arthritis Connect is a social network that makes it easy to start conversations, share treatment experiences, read and post recommendations, and much more.
The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control, and cure of arthritis and related diseases.
The online home of the Arthritis Foundation’s Arthritis Today magazine is a great source of tips and information for people living with arthritis. It includes a community where you can share ideas, ask for advice, read blogs, play games, and more.
Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF)
The ANRF is a charity that funds research to cure arthritis. The ANRF website provides a comprehensive look at all the research projects they have funded. You can also get their free report that will give you a great information overview about arthritis and some research projects under way.
CreakyJoints provides treatment information, advice from professionals, and public forums for people living with arthritis to share their experiences.
Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center
This website provides interactive, educational information about PsA. It features a “Patient’s Corner” with lifestyle information.
Mayo Clinic’s award-winning consumer website offers health information and self-improvement tools. Mayo Clinic’s medical experts and editorial professionals bring you access to the knowledge and experience of Mayo Clinic on topics ranging from cancer, diabetes, and heart disease to nutrition, exercise, and pregnancy.
National Infusion Center Association
The National Infusion Center Association provides information on office-based infusion centers with a mission of improving access and awareness to patients.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
NIAMS is a component of the National Institutes of Health, whose primary focus is to provide research, training, and information resources on diseases of the bones, joints, muscles, and skin. This website offers information and links to various resources about PsA symptoms, treatment, research, and disease states.
National Psoriasis Foundation
National Psoriasis Foundation provides you the information and services you need to best manage psoriatic disease, while promoting research to find a cure.
Patients Like Me
This site allows you to share your experiences on living with PsA in order to help yourself, others like you, and organizations that focus on your condition.