PORTLAND, Ore. — Two organizations are providing an educational program centered on a serious form of arthritis that affects up to 2 million people in the United States.
The National Psoriasis Foundation and the Arthritis Foundation said they would partner for the second year to educate residents of southern California about psoriatic arthritis, a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disease that affects about 300,000 people in the state and 98,000 people in the Los Angeles area.
The two groups will present the first arthritis-specific program in southern California, titled Be Joint Smart, at the Hilton Pasadena on Sept. 28. Up to 30% of people with psoriasis actually have psoriatic arthritis. According to research by the National Psoriasis Foundation, nearly 25% of people diagnosed with psoriasis may have undiagnosed psoriatic arthritis, and early diagnosis and treatment is critical for preventing long-term joint damage and disability.