Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, patchy, raised areas of skin inflammation accompanied by scaling. About a quarter of people who suffer from psoriasis also develop associated joint inflammation, leading to a diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis (PsA).
Golf champion Phil Mickelson suffers from PsA. He discovered his ailment while he was preparing for an important tournament and his joints started to ache as though he had seriously injured his wrist, finger, and ankle. At 39 years old, Mickelson assumed it was part and parcel of having been an athlete, enduring many years of training and playing. When the pain got so bad that he couldn’t walk, he made an appointment to see a rheumatologist at the Mayo Clinic. That is when he discovered he had PsA. Although Psoriatic Arthritis cannot be cured, there are effective treatments to ease symptoms. Phil Mickelson was prescribed a drug called Enbrel (Etanercept) to relieve his pain from this chronic disease.
Although a strong drug like Enbrel may work for Mickelson, whose symptoms came upon him very suddenly and fiercely, this is not always the first line of treatment for most patients with PsA. There are many potentially serious side effects and risks associated with this drug; one of these decreases the body’s immune response to infection. Though suffering the painful symptoms associated with psoriatic arthritis is not easy to bear, there are alternative options for many people looking to get back to their golf game or simply to move around the way they used to.
For instance, different types of regenerative medicine offered by Dr. Solomon Kamson, MD, PhD, at the Spine Institute Northwest, can help lessen arthritic joint pain. Injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a way to attract the stem cells needed to form new tissue and initiate healing. Regenerative treatments such as PRP use the cells extracted from your own blood. Your blood sample is centrifuged to concentrate the platelets, and it is then injected into the area in need of help. New, healthy tissue can take hold within a few weeks, when improvement in movement can be noticed.
Dr. Kamson may suggest another kind of regenerative therapy to incite healing and lessen the pain associated with PsA. Stem cell therapy uses cells that are taken directly from your own bone marrow or fat. The stem cells are then injected into the sites that need assistance. Dr. Sol Kamson presented a lecture concerning stem cell therapies for chronic pain at the 2016 World Stem Cell Summit in West Palm Beach, Florida. He discussed the different types of regenerative therapies offered at the Spine Institute Northwest, including PRP and MariStem A-Cell injections.
If you suffer from Psoriatic Arthritis and would like to get your life back on track, call the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA, to consult with Dr. Kamson today.