The effectiveness of selected physiotherapeutic procedures for the treatment of psoriasis

Abstract: Introduction. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of selected physiotherapeutic procedures used in the treatment of psoriasis on the basis of the patients’ subjective assessment. In this work, the following research questions were asked: 1. Do the applied physiotherapeutic procedures reduce the feeling of pain and discomfort? 2. Does the use of sulphide baths, cryotherapy and exposure to UVB lights have beneficial effect on psoriasis? Material and methods. The research was carried out among 52 patients with psoriatic lesions and undergoing spa treatment. Cryotherapy treatments, sulphide baths and exposure to a UVB light were used. The subjective assessment of the effectiveness of the treatments was made using a proprietary, anonymous questionnaire. The largest number of patients with psoriasis were people aged 41-49 (n = 30), patients over 60 (n = 12) and patients aged 20-40 (n = 10). Results. After the exposure to a UVB light, 52% of respondents indicated a symptom remission, 42% partial remission, and 5.7% did not notice any changes related to symptoms caused by psoriasis. After cryotherapy, 50% of patients experienced a significant improvement, 48% partial symptom remission, 4% did not feel any change. Sulphide baths eliminated the symptoms of the disease in 28.85% of the respondents, a partial symptom remission was indicated by 63.43%, and no improvement was indicated by 5.77% of the respondents. Conclusions. Physiotherapy used in the sanatorium treatment of psoriasis brings the desired effect, and the condition of the skin improved. 53.86% of people declare that the skin after sanatorium treatments is in very good condition, the discomforts have been largely eliminated, 42.30% think that the treatments used partially relieved the symptoms associated with psoriasis. Lack of changes was indicated by 3.84% of the respondents

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