Many procedures are available to treat the stiffness, pain and weakness that can occur with arthritic conditions in the wrist.
Arthritis Base of the Thumb
The most common symptom of thumb joint arthritis is a deep, aching pain at the base of the thumb.
The pain is often worsened with activities that involve pinching, including opening jars/packets or using keys etc.
Options include steroid injection in early cases of trapeziectomy with or without ligament reconstruction depending on the individual case.
Occasionally a joint replacement is performed.
Arthritis MP joints
The large joints in the hand at the base of each finger are known as the metacarpophalangeal (MP, or MCP) joints.
They act as complex hinge joints and are important for both power grip and pinch activities.
These joint can be realigned or joint replacement carried out if the joint become deviated or painful. ?
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease in which the soft cartilage that covers the bone surfaces at the joints begins to wear out.
It often associated with previous injury or genetic in origin.
Rheumatoid arthritis affects the cells that line and normally lubricate the joints (synovial tissue). This is a systemic condition (can affect the whole body including the internal organs), which means that it may affect multiple joints, usually on both sides of the body. The destruction to the joints in the hand or wrist maybe replaced or fused.
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