Lance Bass talks openly about battle with psoriatic arthritis and makes ‘fun and educational’ dance

Lance Bass reveals his battle with psoriatic arthritis as he makes ‘fun and educational’ TikTok dance to spread awareness of the disease

Lance Bass finally opened up about his battle with psoriatic arthritis in an interview with People.

The 43-year-old singer-songwriter was diagnosed with the condition in 2017 after unknowingly dealing with symptoms for years.

‘I had symptoms before, but you know, I kind of just dealt with it, not knowing exactly what it was,’ he told the outlet. ‘I was a dancer my whole life, so I just kind of figured it was because of dancing.’

Revealing: Lance Bass finally opened up about his battle with psoriatic arthritis in an interview with People (pictured 2021)

Revealing: Lance Bass finally opened up about his battle with psoriatic arthritis in an interview with People (pictured 2021)

Bass told the magazine that the pain ‘started in my shoulders and then in my knees,’ which to him seemed like ‘a sign of dancer pain.’

Psoriatic arthritis is an arthritis accompanied by the skin condition psoriasis which, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine’causes red, scaly rashes and thick, pitted fingernails.’

While psoriatic arthritis causes stiff joints just like rheumatoid arthritis, it tends to affect less of them than rheumatoid.

Years of pain: The 43-year-old singer-songwriter was finally diagnosed with the condition in 2017 after unknowingly dealing with symptoms for years

Years of pain: The 43-year-old singer-songwriter was finally diagnosed with the condition in 2017 after unknowingly dealing with symptoms for years

Dancing man: In order to help others recognize the signs of their own psoriatic arthritis, Bass teamed up with the biotechnology company Amgen to create an education dance

Dancing man: In order to help others recognize the signs of their own psoriatic arthritis, Bass teamed up with the biotechnology company Amgen to create an education dance

In order to help others recognize the signs of their own psoriatic arthritis, Bass teamed up with the biotechnology company Amgen to create an educational dance.

‘We had to do something fun to entertain people, and we do live in a TikTok world, so we created the Double Take campaign, which aims to empower people to recognize the potential early signs of psoriatic arthritis,’ he explained.

‘We wanted to make it very easy for people out there. Kids and adults alike can enjoy this dance – it’s our take on the ‘head, shoulders, knees, and toes.

‘It’s a dance where you’ll recognize the signs and conditions through your nails, your knees, your hips, and your head, and we just want to make sure people take a double take. If you feel those symptoms, make sure you talk to your doctor about it. ‘

Making it for everyone: 'We wanted to make it very easy for people out there,' Bass said.  'Kids and adults alike can enjoy this dance ¿it's our take on the' head, shoulders, knees, and toes'

Making it for everyone: ‘We wanted to make it very easy for people out there,’ Bass said. ‘Kids and adults alike can enjoy this dance – it’s our take on the’ head, shoulders, knees, and toes’

Helping as a father: Bass said he's grateful to have gotten his diagnosis when he did because he's not sure he would've been able to care for his twins Violet Betty and Alexander James as well as he can now

Helping as a father: Bass said he’s grateful to have gotten his diagnosis when he did because he’s not sure he would’ve been able to care for his twins Violet Betty and Alexander James as well as he can now

Bass said he’s grateful to have gotten his diagnosis when he did because he’s not sure he would’ve been able to care for his twins Violet Betty and Alexander James as well as he can now if he was still undiagnosed.

‘My shoulders were the main problem for me, and if I would’ve had kids five years ago, I don’t even know if I would’ve been able to feed my kids and hold them in a certain way because you use your shoulders so much, ‘he said. ‘I’m glad I got that under control before the kids came so that I can actually hold them without being in such excruciating pain.’

The Mississippi native welcomed his twins via surrogate with his husband Michael Turchin last year.

Bass and Turchin started dating back in 2011 and married in 2014.

Big moment: The Mississippi native welcomed his twins via surrogate with his husband Michael Turchin last year (pictured 2021)

Big moment: The Mississippi native welcomed his twins via surrogate with his husband Michael Turchin last year (pictured 2021)

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