Leg and knee pain from Osteoarthritis?

Question

I was diagnosed with RA at 26, and took NSAIDS for a number of years. Currently, 62. RA seemed to disappear in early 50’s. Now I’ve developed psoriasis mostly on elbows and now on lower knuckle of hands and some leg lesions.Three months ago I developed knee joint problems and then tore hamstring and calf muscle without much exertion. Was given PT for the muscle tears and Supartz for the knee. Since then the pain in the legs have become severe with anti-inflammatories giving some relief. Have only seen an orthopedist and he thinks leg and knee pain just from osteoarthritis. Could it be Psoriatic Arthritis?? and whom should I see. Dermatologist took care of the psoriasis.

Answer

We highly recommend you see a rheumatologist for this issue.

Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

About Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

Part-time Faculty, Division of Rheumatology
Johns Hopkins University