Hand, Wrist & Thumb Arthritis
What is it and how is it treated?
What is Hand, Wrist & Thumb Arthritis?
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:
- Pain in the hand, thumb or wrist
- Stiffness in the joints
- Difficulty holding or grasping objects
- Swelling of the joints
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.
Treatments for Arthritis of the Hand/Thumb/Wrist
In most cases, Hand, Thumb or Wrist Arthritis can be managed using non-surgical treatment options. At OrthoNeuro, these options may include:
- Activity modification
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Corticosteroid injections
- Physical Therapy/Hand Therapy
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.
Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Specialist Today!
Patients who are experiencing the symptoms of Hand, Thumb or Wrist Arthritis should not delay a diagnosis. The decision of what treatments are best for you will be determined by what you and your OrthoNeuro Specialist feel is best.
- If you have been suffering the symptoms of Hand, Thumb or Wrist Arthritis, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Hand and Wrist 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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