Arthritis of the hand and wrist can be very painful. If you are in the Dallas, Texas area, Dr. Pedro Loredo can assist you.
The Loredo Hand Care Institute specializes in Dallas arthritis treatment of the hand and wrist. No matter your hand specialist needs, Dr. Loredo can help
Dr. Pedro Loredo Treats Hand Arthritis
What is Arthritis?
Arthritis also referred to as degenerative joint disease (DJD) or osteoarthritis (OA), is a wearing away of the cartilage which serves as the cushioning material between the bones. This degenerative condition causes painful bone-on-bone contact and can be the result of natural wear and tear; however, some people are more prone to cartilage degeneration that others.
Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) are the two most common types of arthritis occurring in the hands and fingers. OA is the most common type and is a result of overuse, natural wear, and tear, injury, or heredity. This type of arthritis is often associated with the development of bone spurs around the knuckles which can cause extreme pain and disruption of normal hand and finger function.
RA is a chronic autoimmune disease in which your body mistakenly attacks your joints leading to inflammation of the lining of the joints. These attacks come in the form of flares and can cause permanent damage to the joints and internal organs.
Symptoms of Arthritis
The symptoms of Arthritis include the following:
- Pain and aching of the finger and hand joints
- Swelling of the finger and hand joints
- Stiffness or decreased range of motion of the finger and hand joints
- Visible redness around the finger and hand joints
- Visible deformity of the finger and hand joints, such as enlarged knuckles or bent/crooked fingers
Dr. Loredo’s Approach to Treating Arthritis
Non-Surgical Treatment Options
Depending on the severity of the condition, Dr. Loredo may attempt to treat non-surgically before recommending surgery. Non-surgical treatments include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) taken orally to relieve inflammation and pain
- Resting and icing the affected area
- The use of splints to support the affected joints
- Steroid injections to reduce swelling and pain
Surgical Treatment Options
If the arthritis is not responding to non-surgical treatment and the condition is not extremely advanced, arthroscopy may be an option. Arthroscopy is an option for arthritis in the fingers, knuckles or wrists and allows the surgeon to see inside the joint and make repairs using a fiber-optic instrument and without having to make a large incision.
If arthritis in the fingers, knuckles or wrists is more advanced and arthroscopy is not an option, Dr. Loredo will recommend joint replacement or joint fusion for the affected joints.
If the thumb is affected, Dr. Loredo will recommend another treatment. Please visit our Thumb Basilar Joint Arthritis page for more information.
What Can I Expect After Surgery?
Recovery time will vary depending upon the severity of the condition and the method of treatment used. In general, patients recovering from Arthritis surgery should plan to wear a splint on the affected joint for approximately six weeks.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What causes Arthritis?
Osteoarthritis (OA) results from overuse, natural wear, and tear, injury, or heredity, while Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease in which your body mistakenly attacks your joints.
Are certain people at higher risk for Arthritis?
Yes, the risk of developing OA increases with age as a result of natural wear and tear. Other risk factors for OA include obesity, overuse of the joints, injury to the joint(s), and heredity. RA is three times more common in women than men and begins to affect women earlier on, between the ages of 30 and 60. Men are affected later in life.
Is there anything I can do to prevent the condition from worsening?
There are some things you can do at home which may help lessen the severity of symptoms and improve joint mobility, including:
- Taking glucosamine, chondroitin or other natural anti-inflammatory supplements
- Staying physically active and regularly exercising your joints through their full range of motion
- Maintaining a healthy diet and weight
- Avoiding activities which require strong gripping or clenching (such as opening jars or using certain tools)
- Applying heat or cold to relieve swelling of the joints
Contact the Loredo Hand Care Institute
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with Arthritis or would like to learn more about our practice in the Dallas area, please contact us today.