First-ever psoriatic arthritis program in the country comes to San Francisco

Nov 28, 2012, 12:19 ET from National Psoriasis Foundation

Be Joint Smart educates public about devastating disease affecting 54,000 Bay Area residents

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first-time ever, the National Psoriasis Foundation and the Arthritis Foundation will partner to educate Americans about psoriatic arthritis, a chronic autoimmune disease that affects roughly 54,000 Bay Area residents and nearly 300,000 Californians. To emphasize the importance of early diagnosis and treatment, the Psoriasis Foundation and Arthritis Foundation present the first psoriatic arthritis-specific program—Be Joint Smart—in San Francisco on Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Learn more at

Up to 30 percent of people with psoriasis—the most common autoimmune disease in the country—actually have psoriatic arthritis, an inflammatory disease that causes pain, swelling and stiffness of the joints and tendons.  As many as 2 million Americans currently are diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. However, National Psoriasis Foundation research reveals that nearly one in four people with psoriasis may have undiagnosed psoriatic arthritis. Early diagnosis and treatment of the disease is critical to prevent long-term joint damage and disability.

Through the Be Joint Smart live events, a leading dermatologist and rheumatologist will give an in-depth presentation on psoriatic arthritis, its treatments, tips for a healthy lifestyle and ways to minimize symptoms and limit long-term joint damage. Participants will learn how to set achievable, realistic goals from the National Psoriasis Foundation and an Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Leader will teach easy exercises to get people moving and to be joint smart.

To learn more about Be Joint Smart San Francisco and to register, visit:, call 800.723.9166 or email

About the National Psoriasis Foundation
National Psoriasis Foundation is the world's largest nonprofit organization serving people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Our mission is to find a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and to eliminate their devastating effects through research, advocacy and education. For more information, call the Psoriasis Foundation, headquartered in Portland, Ore., at 800.723.9166, or visit Follow the Psoriasis Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.

SOURCE National Psoriasis Foundation