Arthritis of the Wrist
Arthritis of the wrist occurs when one or more joints in the wrist become inflamed. This condition leads to swelling, pain, and stiffness, and it can make execution of daily activities very difficult. While there are many types of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common types that occur in the wrist. Osteoarthritis of the wrist occurs progressively as the smooth articular cartilage covering the ends of the wrist bones wears away (due to age and normal “wear and tear”) and the bare bones of the joints make direct contact with each other. In rheumatoid arthritis the body’s immune system attacks the synovium (a tissue lining joints and tendons that is responsible for their nourishment) which leads to degradation of nearby bones and soft tissues, causing both inflammation and degeneration of the articulating bone surfaces in the wrist joints.
Symptoms of Arthritis in the Wrist
- Loss of motion
- Deformity of shape of the wrist
Causes of Arthritis in the Wrist
- Normal “wear and tear” on the joint over time
- Kienbock’s disease (the blood supply to the lunate is interrupted causing the bone to die)
Risk Factors for Arthritis in the Wrist
- Gender (Females more likely to develop osteoarthritis)
- Family history of arthritis
- History of traumatic injury to the wrist (broken wrist bone, wrist sprain)
- Genetic predisposition to rheumatoid arthritis
Things to do at home for arthritis in the wrist
- Modify daily activities by limiting or avoiding those that increase pain
- Gently move wrist joints through full range of motion
- Apply ice
Treatment for Arthritis of the Wrist
In order to relieve pain from arthritis in the wrist, we address the problem holistically and naturally, without medication.
We use the following approaches to relieve arthritis symptoms in the wrist:
- 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 wrist. Cold laser is used in order to decrease inflammation that causes pressure on the affected area.