Hand, Wrist, & Thumb Arthritis

What is it, and how is it treated?

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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!

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.

Hand and Wrist Specialists

You use your hands, wrists, and elbows all the time. Don’t let pain interfere with your quality of life or independence. Call OrthoNeuro today or make an appointment online if you have persistent pain in your hand, wrist, or elbow that limits your movement or independence.

James C. Cassandra, DO

Orthopedic Hand & Elbow Surgeon

Gary M. Millard, DO

Orthopedic Hand & Elbow Surgeon

Desmond J. Stutzman, DO

Orthopedic Hand & Elbow Surgeon

“I love this group of Doctors. They have specialists to cover what ever part of the body is in need of treatment. Every doctor i have seen in this practice have had a very good bedside manner and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this practice for all your orthopedic and neurological needs”

Teresa H.