of the hand and wrist occurs in one of two major forms: inflammatory
arthritis, including conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis,
and the more common form of degenerative arthritis is known
as osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the main form of arthritis
and is known as the "wear and tear" disorder. It can
affect any joint. The wrist is especially susceptible due to
the tremendous amounts of pressure that is placed during everyday
activities. Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage to erode and
then causes the bone ends to fuse which results in stiffness
and aching of the joints. Osteoarthritis can also follow a fracture
or a bad sprain to the wrist.
is a systemic disease, which affects the whole body. In rheumatoid
arthritis, the joint lining (synovium), normally smooth and
shiny, becomes inflamed, painful and swollen. Rheumatoid arthritis
can affect all the joints and muscles in the wrist. It affects
more women then men and can be inherited. The insides of the
joints become swollen and stiff. It affects the wrist by causing
stiffness, swelling, and the loss of motion. One common symptom
of rheumatoid arthritis of the wrist is diminished grip strength.
The fingers of the hand are able to move because of the connection
of tendons within them to the muscles of the forearm.
There is another
form of arthritis that you should be aware of called infectious
arthritis. Infectious arthritis (septic arthritis) is infection
in the fluid and tissues of a joint usually caused by bacteria,
but sometimes caused by viruses or fungi. The patient will have
swelling of the wrist accompanied by heat. He or she will also
have a fever and touching the wrist will cause extreme pain.
In such as case visit your local accident and emergency department
as soon as possible.
- Painful, swollen
- Tendons are no
longer able to work on stable joints, often resulting in an
unnatural rotation of the wrist.
Diminished grip of the fingers.
- Stiffness and
pain in a particular joint.
- Your wrist may
fill with fluid and feel tight, especially after use. When
all the articular cartilage is worn off the joint surface,
you may notice a squeaking sound when you move your wrist.
Doctors call this creaking crepitus.
- Autoimmune disease
which can be inherited.
- May be due to
- Wear and tear
disorder due to repetitive use of a particular joint in the
- Weak cartilage
and bone structure is also a contributing factor.
- A bad sprain or
wrist fracture can actually damage the articular cartilage.
The cartilage can also be "bruised" when too much
pressure is put on the cartilage surface. The cartilage surface
may not look any different. The injury often doesn't show
up until months later.
- Treatment is usually
conservative, surgical intervention is rarely considered.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs may be prescribed by the doctor to control the pain.
- Heat therapy and
products such as bio freeze roll on is very good to alleviate
- Wrist brace and
supports will help to reduce your pain during activity. Range-of-motion
and stretching exercises can improve your wrist motion. Strengthening
exercises for the arm and hand help steady the wrist and protect
the joint from shock and stress.
Arthritis of wrist
- There is no cure
for rheumatoid arthritis. In the absence of infection, cortisone
injections directly to the wrist can be very helpful in relieving
pain and improving flexibility.
- As with osteoarthritis,
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed by
the doctor to control the pain.
- Heat therapy such
as the reusable hot and cold pack will reduce discomfort to
- Cortisone is a
very powerful anti-inflammatory medication. When injected
into the joint, cortisone can help relieve the pain. Pain
relief is temporary and usually only lasts several weeks to
months. There is a small risk of infection with cortisone
- Surgery is only
recommended if it can stabilize the joints and deliver pain
relief. Sometimes the one or more of the eight bones of the
wrist may be replaced with a prosthesis, helping improve the
function of the joint.
- Wrist braces and
supports will reduce pain. discomfort and allow the patient
to carry out daily activities in less pain.
exercices will help together with heat pads and wrist supports
to reduce pain.
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