Facts about arthritis of the wrist and hand
Are you experiencing pain in your hand or wrist that affects your daily activities? How about the base of your thumb? Do you ever experience a dull constant ache that becomes more severe with repetitive movements?
Do your fingers feel or look swollen to you? If so, then you may be experiencing arthritis in your hand or wrist.
What is Arthritis of the Hand and Wrist?
Arthritis happens when the cartilage between two bones begins to wear out. There are many contributing factors that can lead to arthritis of the hand and wrist, such as:
- Repetitive wrist and hand movements
- Overuse of the hand and wrist during work or household activities
- Broken bones
- Genetic conditions passed down by your family
- Diets that are deficient in certain nutrients
I’m Experiencing Symptoms of Arthritis. What Should I Do?
First, talk to your primary care team. Your primary care team can order X-rays or lab tests to diagnose arthritis.
I’ve Been Diagnosed with Arthritis. What Kind of Treatments are Available?
First of all, there are many treatment options for arthritis, and surgery is typically the last resort. There are special splints that can be customized to each patient’s symptoms that can help relieve the pain. However, if that doesn’t work, there are also medications that your surgeon or primary care team can prescribe to help ease your pain. These can be in the form of dietary supplements or anti-inflammatory medications. Cortisone, for example, is a great way to relieve the pain so you can continue living your life normally without having to constantly remember to take a medication. If symptoms persist, there are many procedures that can help you permanently.
How Can Surgery Help Treat My Arthritis?
Arthritis can be treated surgically in many different ways to help you get back to enjoying your life again without pain. Just like the hips and the knees, joints in the hand and wrist can be replaced. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, we can also perform an arthrodesis to ensure that those painful movements never bother you again. And, the best part about surgery is that is can be done through small incisions allowing you to go home the same day.