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Free psoriatic arthritis program returns to D.C. metro area

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SOURCE National Psoriasis Foundation

Be Joint Smart to educate roughly 43,500 local residents with PsA about their disease

PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If you're one of the roughly 43,500 D.C. metro residents struggling with pain from psoriatic arthritis (PsA)-an inflammatory autoimmune disease that causes pain, swelling and stiffness of the joints and tendons-learn to control your condition with Be Joint Smart, a free psoriatic arthritis program presented by the National Psoriasis Foundation, at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center on September 6. Learn more at www.bejointsmart.org/dc.

According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, one in three people with psoriasis-the most common autoimmune disease in the country-may develop psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis is a serious disease that causes pain, swelling and damage to the joints. It's critical to recognize, diagnose and treat PsA early to lower the risk of joint damage and disability.

Through the live Be Joint Smart events, participants will learn from local experts how to take control of their condition, including ways to:

  • Manage symptoms and reduce joint damage
  • Determine the best treatment options
  • Reduce inflammation with stress management and diet

A physical therapist will also lead the group through low-impact exercises that help alleviate joint pain and inflammation.

To learn more about Be Joint Smart and to register, visit www.bejointsmart.org/dc, call 800-723-9166 or email info@bejointsmart.org. This program is free. Be Joint Smart is made possible through a collaboration with Amgen.

About psoriatic arthritis 
Psoriatic arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis that affects the joints and tendons. It occurs in up to one in three people with psoriasis-the most common autoimmune disease in the country, affecting 7.5 million Americans. People with mild psoriasis are just as likely to develop psoriatic arthritis as those with moderate to severe forms of the disease. Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include: generalized fatigue; tenderness, pain and swelling of the tendons; swollen fingers and toes; joints that are hot to the touch; and reduced range of motion.

About the National Psoriasis Foundation
National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is the world's largest nonprofit serving those with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Our priority is to provide the information and services for people to take control of their condition, while increasing research to find a cure. In addition to serving more than 2.1 million people annually through our education and advocacy initiatives, NPF has funded more than $10 million in research grants and fellowships. Learn more about the Psoriasis Foundation at www.psoriasis.org or call 800-723-9166. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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