There is a multitude of forms of arthritis that affect the hands, including degenerative, rheumatoid, psoriatic, lupus, and many more. This condition is caused by inflammation of the joint, and it typically worsens with age. Millions of Americans suffer from arthritis, but there are numerous treatment options that can help minimize discomfort, improve mobility, and enhance the quality of life.
Degenerative Arthritis, also called Osteoarthritis, typically affects the fingers, causing pain in the joints furthest from the hand. Symptoms tend to flare up, fade away, and return again. During periods of discomfort, splinting, anti-inflammatory medications, heat and ice, and cortisone injections can be helpful to address these concerns. In the event minimally invasive techniques prove ineffective or the pain worsens over time, surgery may help you to achieve longer-lasting relief.
Rheumatoid Arthritis, commonly called Inflammatory Arthritis, can affect any area of the body, including the organs. In many cases, inflammatory arthritis of the hand will be felt near the wrist, which may cause visible deformity. This disorder can advance over time, and it’s important for you to seek out a medical professional experienced in rheumatology to minimize progression.
Basal Joint Arthritis occurs in the hand near the base of the thumb, and it is one of the most common types of arthritis addressed by orthopaedists who specialize in the upper extremity. Fortunately, non-surgical treatment usually can offer significant relief of symptoms and may include medication, splinting, or a cortisone injection. Although uncommon, a joint replacement (tendon arthroplasty) or fusion may be recommended if conservative methods prove ineffective.