Arthritis of the Hand
Arthritis, defined as inflammation of one or more joint, comes in more than 100 different forms including osteoarthritis (“wear and tear”) and rheumatoid arthritis (chronic swelling within the body). Arthritis of the hand can be painful and debilitating due to both the quantity of small bones in the hand and the fine movements hands perform. Arthritis in the hand may occur from multiple causes and can happen in one or more of these small joints in the hand.
Symptoms of Arthritis of the Hand
- Pain, loss of motion, weakness, or deformation of the hand’s structure.
- Pain limited to the affected joint itself. It is initially made worse with use and relieved with rest, but may gradually become constant pain.
- Grinding, clicking, or cracking in the joint during motion.
- Swollen joints that are red and/or tender to touch
- Small cysts may develop in the end joints of the fingers
Causes of Arthritis in the Hand
- Lack of joint stability or alignment
- History of traumatic injury to the hand (such as broken bones)
- Joint Infections
- Overuse of the hand
- Inherited tendency for arthritis
- Inflammatory conditions elsewhere in the body such as lupus, gout, pseudo gout, ankylosing spondylitis, inflammatory bowel disease, or psoriasis
Complications with Arthritis in the Hand
- Joints nearby an arthritic joint may become more mobile than normal.
- Overtime if untreated, the bones in the joint can lose their normal shape causing more pain and less mobility.
Things to do at home for Arthritis in the hand
- Limit duration of activities that cause pain
- Apply ice to decrease pain and swelling
- Gently moving joints through the full range of motion on a daily basis
Treatment for Arthritis of the Hand
In order to relieve pain from arthritis in the hand, we address the problem holistically and naturally, without medication.
We use the following approaches to relieve meniscal tear symptoms:
- ASTR® Tools: Our doctors use a variety of ASTR® tools to release scar tissue and myofascial restriction, which can decrease mobility and flexibility.
- Special exercise program to decrease pain, strengthen the muscles, stabilize and help the patient to return to normal function and activities.
- Special instructions on how to speed up the recovery time.
- Cold Laser Therapy: Tissue inflammation is common with arthritis in the hand. Cold laser is used in order to decrease inflammation that causes pressure on the affected area.