Do you have pain in your wrist or hands? Do you have stiffness in your fingers that seems to be worst in the mornings? What about numbness in your fingers? All of these symptoms are common with arthritis in the hands. Arthritis in the hands can dramatically reduce the quality of life as not having full usage of your hands can really alter how you do things or stop normal day-to-day activities completely.
What is arthritis of the hand?
Arthritis is a condition that describes inflammation of the joints. The most common form of arthritis is degenerative arthritis, also called osteoarthritis. This form of arthritis in your hands can limit functionality and cause much pain due to the loss of cartilage as it wears over time. Osteoarthritis of the hands is usually experienced later in life as it is a degenerative disease.
What are some of the symptoms?
While there are many types of arthritis many of them have common symptoms. Here are some of the most common symptoms:
- Pain in hands or fingers
- Stiffness in hands, especially early in the morning and may improve with day.
- Swollen joints in hands
- Hand or wrist may have limited range of motion
- Affected hand joint may be tender to the touch
When do I need hand surgery?
If you are suffering from hand pain you should be in contact with your physician and she should be able to assist you in deciding if you need hand surgery. As hand surgery is usually a last resort, a physician may recommend anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy or pain injections before surgery. But the key is to be in constant contact with your physician and to not try to self-diagnose as you may or may not have arthritis. Additionally waiting as the pain progresses can limit your pain treatment options and cause you to have to use moderate treatment options immediately.
Get Help from IBJI
If you have pain in your hands , don’t allow the pain to alter your quality of life. Arthritis of the hands is a common condition that usually occurs later in life due to degeneration of the cartilage in your hands. It’s important that as soon as you discover that you are in pain you have your hand(s) evaluated by a physician. The sooner you start getting treatment, the more options you will have when fighting the battle against chronic pain.
If you have questions or concerns about your hands please contact one of our physicians at IBJI or make an appointment today.
This information is not intended to provide advise or treatment for a specific situation. Consult your physician and medical team for information and treatment plans on your specific condition(s).