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Do you know why we conduct clinical trials for psoriatic arthritis? There is still no comprehensive cure for people who have been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. Clinical trials serve as viable alternatives for people who have not found success through more conventional arthritis treatments.
Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritic inflammation that occurs in a small percentage of psoriasis patients. The symptoms of this medical condition can impact any joint in the body, although it will vary from case to case. Psoriatic arthritis studies have shown that uncontrolled inflammation can cause permanent joint damage. Contemporary treatments for psoriatic arthritis can help prevent this.
Psoriatic Arthritis Fast Facts
- Regular exercise helps maintain joint mobility.
- Early diagnosis helps prevent permanent joint damage.
- People without skin psoriasis can develop psoriatic arthritis.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder produced by an immune system that attacks the patient’s own healthy tissue. People who develop psoriasis are at risk for psoriatic arthritis as well. It’s also an autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks the joints – causing inflammation. Psoriatic arthritis symptoms flare and subside.
This inflammatory condition can affect any joint – simultaneously impacting multiple joints or just one. Fingers and toes can look like swollen sausages (dactylitis) during a flare-up of symptoms. The nail beds can also be affected by this condition.
Spondylitis – psoriatic arthritis in the spine – produces pain in the neck and back which can severely limit mobility. Patients may also develop tender spots near the ligaments and tendons. This can create instances of excruciating pain around:
- The back of the heel,
- The sole of the foot, and
- Near the elbows
Clinical trials suggest that long-term inflammation causes permanent joint damage in patients with psoriatic arthritis. The best way to prevent joint damage is early diagnosis and effective disease management.
What Causes Psoriatic Arthritis?
The exact trigger for this autoimmune disease has not been identified. Researchers theorize that genetics play an important role. Studies show that 40 percent of psoriatic arthritis patients have a family member with psoriasis or arthritis.
This autoimmune response could also be triggered by an infection – although it is not an infectious illness. Experts argue that the streptococcal throat infection could cause some cases.
We would like you to know that your participation does not have to be a very demanding experience. Participating in a psoriatic arthritis clinical trial in Alabama may only require agreeing to let our researchers have a copy of your test results – most will require a little more involvement.
All participants will be compensated for time and travel, and any study related care. The following are all provided free of charge:
- physical examinations
- laboratory services
- study related medication
Psoriatic Arthritis Clinical Trials in Birmingham
Achieve Clinical Research is currently conducting a wide array of clinical studies targeted towards specific medical conditions. You may be eligible to participate in one of our psoriatic arthritis clinical trials and contribute to the development and approval of a new drug or treatment. As a participant, there is no cost to you at any point during the study and health insurance is not required. Browse our clinical trials being conducted now to find the study best suited for you.
Additional Resources for Patients with Psoriatic Arthritis
If you live around Central Alabama, click here to learn more about participating in a psoriatic arthritis clinical trial.