The most common type of arthritis in the hands is osteoarthritis; which can cause disabling pain, stiffness, and deformity of the wrist, hand, and fingers. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease where the joint cartilage on the surface of the bones wears out over time. This can be worsened with injury and repetitive activity. There are also inflammatory types of arthritis that affects the joints of hand and wrist such as Rheumatoid arthritis.
Hand and wrist arthritis is diagnosed after thorough history and physical exam with your orthopedic provider. X-rays are an important part of determining the severity of the arthritis.
Your hand surgeon will discuss many surgical options for treating arthritis of the hand and wrist. The decision for surgery is usually made after all other treatment options are exhausted and pain has not improved.
Orthopedic surgeries for the hand and wrist arthritis are successful at reducing pain and restoring function. These are specialized surgeries performed by hand specialists. Therapy is often needed to help with returning to normal daily activity.
**Disclaimer: Treatment recommendations may vary depending on your true diagnosis. Always follow the recommendations of your orthopedic provider.