Arthritis of the Hand
The hand has multiple small joints that work together to produce motion, including the fine motion needed to thread a needle or tie a shoelace. When the hand joints are affected by arthritis, activities of daily living can be difficult. Arthritis can occur in many areas of the hand and wrist, and can have more than one cause.
Simply defined, arthritis is inflammation of a joint. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a common condition which is also known as “wear and tear” arthritis, because the cartilage, which is the gliding surface between the bones, wears away. Over time, if the arthritis is not treated and the cartilage wears away, the bones that make up the joint can lose their normal shape. This causes more pain and further limits motion.
Arthritis does not have to result in a painful or sedentary life. It is important to seek help early, so that treatment can begin to allow a return to activities that matter to you.
Nonsurgical Treatment: Nonsurgical treatment options for arthritis of the hand include medication, splinting, and injection
Surgical Treatment: If nonsurgical treatment fails to give symptomatic relief, the surgical option may be the chosen course of treatment. The specific type of surgical treatment should be discussed with your doctor. The surgical treatment must have a reasonable chance of providing long-term pain relief and return to function. Treatment of hand arthritis should be tailored to the patient’s individual needs.
Dr. Tedd Weisman treats arthritic conditions of the hand. He is one of the first hand surgeons in Connecticut to perform a state-of-the art procedure to treat thumb joint arthritis using a minimally invasive thumb joint implant. If you think you are suffering with hand arthritis, call Dr. Weisman today at (203) 877-5522, and start feeling better.