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Arthritis of the Hand, Wrist & Thumb

What is Arthritis of the Hand/Thumb/Wrist?

The hand, thumb, and wrist are comprised of dozens of bones and the ends of these bones are covered with a thin layer of cartilage that helps the bones glide smoothly when using the hands or wrist.  Arthritis causes inflammation within the joints as well as deterioration of the cartilage within the joints. As the cartilage deteriorates, the bones may begin to rub together and cause increased pain as well as the formation of bone spurs.  Hand, Thumb or Wrist Arthritis can be the result of the aging process, repeated injuries to the hand or wrist as well as genetic factors.

If you have Hand, Thumb or Wrist Arthritis you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain in the hand, thumb or wrist
  • Stiffness in the joints
  • Difficulty holding or grasping objects
  • Swelling of the joints.

Although arthritis is not something that can be cured, there are several treatment options that can slow the process and relieve pain.  At OSS Health, our Board Certified Orthopedic Hand and Wrist Specialists have helped thousands of patients with Hand, Thumb or Wrist Arthritis live active and healthy lives using the latest non-surgical options. 

How is Arthritis of the Hand/Thumb/Wrist Treated at OSS Health?

In most cases, Hand, Thumb or Wrist Arthritis can be managed using non-surgical treatment options.  At OSS Health, these options may include:

  • Activity modification
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Bracing
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Hand Therapy

In the instances where Hand, Thumb or Wrist Arthritis has not responded to conservative treatments, your OSS Health Specialist may recommend a surgical procedure to alleviate pain.  These procedures may include:

Joint Arthrodesis. Damaged cartilage and bone spurs are removed from the hand, thumb or wrist and the joints are held together using small plates and screws.

Wrist Replacement. Damaged bones of the wrist are removed and replaced with plastic and metal implants that mimic the function of a healthy wrist.

Disclaimer: If this is a medical emergency, please dial 911 or report to your nearest emergency room.

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