What is it, and how is it treated?
The hand, thumb, and wrist are comprised of dozens of bones, and the ends of these bones are covered with a thin layer of cartilage that helps the bones glide smoothly when using the hands or wrist.
Arthritis causes inflammation within the joints as well as deterioration of the cartilage within the joints. As the cartilage deteriorates, the bones may begin to rub together.
Hand, thumb, or wrist arthritis can be the result of the aging process, repeated injuries to the hand or wrist, as well as genetic factors.
Patients with hand, thumb, or wrist arthritis may experience the following symptoms:
Although arthritis is not something that can be cured, there are several treatment options that can slow the process and relieve pain.
At OrthoNeuro, our Board Certified Orthopedic Hand and Wrist Specialists have helped thousands of patients with hand, thumb, or wrist arthritis live active and healthy lives using the latest non-surgical options.
In most cases, hand, thumb, or wrist arthritis can be managed using non-surgical treatment options.
At OrthoNeuro, these options may include:
In the instances where hand, thumb, or wrist arthritis has not responded to conservative treatments, your OrthoNeuro Specialist may recommend a surgical procedure to alleviate pain.
These procedures may include:
Joint arthrodesis– Damaged cartilage and bone spurs are removed from the hand, thumb, or wrist, and the joints are held together using small plates and screws.
Wrist replacement– Damaged bones of the wrist are removed and replaced with plastic and metal implants that mimic the function of a healthy wrist.
If you have been experiencing the symptoms of ulnar neuritis, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus.
Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.
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