Due date: Monday 11/16/17 – turn a copy of the following questions/answers and a copy of the article in to my box (in the PT main office) by 5:00. Be sure to write your name on the assignment text and article.
Assignment and rubric:
Choose a disease, syndrome, or other pathology that has relevance to the practice of Physical Therapy to cover for this assignment. You can choose one from the book or journal article or from a class presentation – as long as it was not something that was discussed in depth in Tegrity or in-class lecture.
Answer the following questions as concisely as possible. I am not looking for a long paper here, just include the amount of information required to answer …show more content…
Since there is no cure for this condition, management of the symptoms is necessary. For mild psoriatic arthritis, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs can be taken to help alleviate the symptoms of pain, swelling, and stiffness. The side effects are mild and include stomach problems and gastrointestinal bleeding. As the disease progresses, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs can be prescribed to help slow the progression of the joint damage. These medications have more side effects, especially with long-term use. Short-term side effects include upset stomach, nausea, and diarrhea. Some long-term side effects of these drugs include increase risk of infection, fatigue, and liver damage. Biologics can be prescribed almost as a “last resort” medication due to the hefty price tag and the nature of the drug. Biologics help slow the progression of the disease and joint damage. These medications include tumor necrosis factor- alpha inhibitors and T cell inhibitors. The biologics are usually taken through injections or through IV infusions. Common side effects of biologics include increased risk of infection, flu like symptoms, reaction to site were the medication was administered, and respiratory infections. Long-term side effects include certain disorders of the nervous system (MS, seizures, etc.) and certain types of cancer. This is why the biologics can be …show more content…
Many people do not want or cannot afford to be on long-term biologics or other medications for psoriatic arthritis, so physical therapy is a good option. The main goal of physical therapy for those with psoriatic arthritis is to minimize the functional limitations that the patient may have because of the disease. One of the main goals of physical therapy should be strengthening the muscles around the joint to help with improve mobility. Maintaining and improving range of motion is also an important goal for physical therapy to prevent loss of functional ability as the disease progresses and the joint is becomes difficult to move due to limits pain and joint destruction. The pain that is caused by psoriatic arthritis is usually lessened by physical activity, so receiving physical therapy will benefit the patient