The hand and wrist have multiple small joints that work together to produce motion. This gives the fine motion needed to thread a needle or tie a shoelace. When the joints are affected by arthritis, hands can be less able to perform activities of daily living, and for arthritis in hands, treatment can often do little more than address symptoms. Patients can have arthritis that occurs in multiple areas of the hand and wrist. Multiple factors can cause this, such as disease or trauma, and symptoms include:
- Painful joints
- Joint stiffness (especially in the morning)
Arthritis treatment using minimally invasive techniques can be complicated, because depending on each patient’s unique medical history and the state of their condition, the most effective treatment may vary.
When a regime of anti-inflammatories is no longer effective, the next step is a series of steroid injections, which have been enhanced with pain relievers. Our team often combines this treatment with splinting of the affected joint. The splint will ease the stress placed on the joint during painful activities and is designed to allow maximum mobility.
For arthritis in hands, treatment may require surgery should non-surgical treatments prove to be short-term. Dr. Ray, in most cases, will perform minimally invasive surgery to relieve the discomfort.Why Minimally Invasive?