Hand and Wrist Arthritis
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Hand and wrist arthritis
Hand and wrist arthritis is a common condition that occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of bones in your hand or wrist deteriorates, leading to inflammation, pain, and stiffness. There are several types of arthritis that can affect the hand or wrist including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis. Treatment for hand and wrist arthritis typically includes physical therapy, medications, splints or braces and corticosteroid injections. If other treatments are not successful, surgery may be recommended by a surgeon. This can involve bone realignment (osteotomy), replacement (arthroplasty) or fusion (arthrodesis). Joint arthrodesis is when two bones are surgically fused together to limit movement and relieve pain.
In addition to the treatments mentioned above, lifestyle modifications can help reduce the symptoms of hand and wrist arthritis. Resting the affected joint is important for reducing pain and inflammation. Applying heat and cold to the joint can also provide relief. Low impact exercises such as swimming or yoga are beneficial for maintaining mobility in affected joints while avoiding further injury or strain. Eating a healthy diet and controlling weight can also help reduce the symptoms of hand and wrist arthritis.
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