Hand & Wrist Specialty
Hand Arthritis Specialist in Columbia, SC
What is Hand Arthritis?
Arthritis, a term often used to describe joint pain and inflammation, can significantly impact your life. While osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common forms, over 100 different types of arthritis exist. This condition can severely affect the small joints in your hands and wrists, which are crucial for intricate movements like threading a needle or tying shoelaces.
The Complexity of Hand and Wrist Joints
Our hands are composed of numerous small joints that work harmoniously to facilitate various movements. When arthritis strikes these joints, everyday tasks can become challenging and, in severe cases, impossible. Over time, the affected joints may deform, exacerbating pain and limiting mobility.
If you have been experiencing symptoms of arthritis in the hand and you would like one of our hand and wrist physicians to help you, connect with us today!
What are the Symptoms of Arthritis in My Hands?
Early detection of arthritis in the hand is vital. Initial symptoms may include:
- Persistent joint pain, ranging from dull to sharp, often intensifying after hand use
- Morning stiffness and pain in the hands
- Swollen joints in the hand
- Changes in hand usage due to discomfort
- Redness and tenderness around affected joints
- Audible grating or grinding sounds during finger movement
- Difficulty in fully opening or closing hands
- Formation of small bone bumps on finger joints
- Joint deformities leading to weakness and impaired hand function
How To Find A Doctor For Hand Arthritis
If you’re experiencing these symptoms and seek expert evaluation, our hand and wrist specialists are here to assist you. Connect with us for a comprehensive assessment and personalized care plan.
What is The Treatment for Hand Arthritis?
We offer a range of nonsurgical and surgical treatments tailored to each individual’s needs:
- Medications to alleviate pain and inflammation
- Splinting to support affected joints
- Activity modifications to reduce joint stress
- Targeted injections for pain relief
- Application of ice or heat for symptom management
Various surgical procedures are available when nonsurgical methods are insufficient, each designed to provide long-term pain relief and restore functionality. The choice of surgery is based on individual patient conditions and aims to enable patients to resume their daily activities and hobbies.
How Can I Prevent Hand Arthritis?
While arthritis cannot be entirely prevented, specific measures can reduce the risk and manage early symptoms:
- Maintain a balanced diet for overall health and to control body weight
- Avoid smoking, as it increases arthritis risk
- Regular check-ups for early arthritis detection and management
- Avoid repetitive tasks that can lead to inflammation
- Have an ergonomic setup for your workspace, including a keyboard, mouse, and desk.
- Perform hand exercises, gentle stretches, and movements to improve flexibility and range of motion.
- Consider using padded gloves for activities that strain your hands, like gardening or housework.
- Applying warmth or cold packs to your hands can help manage pain and inflammation.
- Stop any activity that causes pain or discomfort, and give your hands a break.
Hand Arthritis Care at Midlands Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery in South Carolina
Our dedicated team of physicians and physical therapists is committed to providing top-notch care. For personalized treatment plans and expert advice on managing hand arthritis, please contact us at 803-256-4107 to schedule an appointment.