Hand and Wrist Arthritis
There are two main types of arthritis in the hand and wrist, both of which cause pain, deformity and stiffness. While it is possible to have both, they are two different and distinct disease processes, which affect the joints in different ways.
Osteoarthritis is caused by the ‘wear and tear’ of the joint. It may simply be as a result of use of the hand, or it may be due to a previous injury to a particular joint. In the hand it is more common in women and the tendency of osteoarthritis may run in the family. Osteoarthritis in the hand commonly occurs at the base of the thumb and in the small joints of the fingers. Wrist osteoarthritis is most commonly the result of a previous injury.
Procedures for osteoarthritis include;
- Trapeziectomy and suspensionsionplasty (LRTI)
- Joint replacement; Some joints in the hand and wrist can be replaced with artificial joints to relieve pain and maintain movement.
- Joint Fusion; The permanently stiffening of selected joints in the hand and wrist can provide excellent pain relief and stability.
All hands need to be assessed on an individual basis and a specific treatment plan devised. Dr Potter will discuss with you your particular symptoms and limitations and plan treatment based on your individual needs.