Hand & Wrist Arthritis
OPA treats a wide variety of upper extremity conditions and offers comprehensive treatment options — including many non-surgical solutions.
What is Hand & Wrist Arthritis?
There is a multitude of forms of arthritis that affect the wrists and hands. This condition is caused by inflammation of the joint, and it typically worsens with age. Millions of Americans suffer from arthritis, but there are numerous treatment options that can help minimize discomfort, improve mobility, and enhance the quality of life.
The Most Common Types:
- Degenerative Arthritis, also called Osteoarthritis, typically affects the fingers, causing pain in the joints furthest from the hand.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis, commonly called Inflammatory Arthritis autoimmune disease
- Basal Joint Arthritis occurs in the hand near the base of the thumb
- Autoimmune disease
- Old Injury
Symptoms of Hand / Wrist Arthritis may include:
- Limited range of motion
- Clicking, cracking, or grinding sounds on movement
When you arrive for your initial consultation, an Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) Upper Extremity Specialist will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care.
When diagnosing a hand or wrist arthritis, our experts will provide:
- A medical, injury, and symptom history review
- A physical examination
- Multiple view x-rays
Once an official diagnosis is made, a customized treatment plan is prescribed. Treatment plans decrease symptoms as quickly as possible.
Nonsurgical treatment options treat the majority of a wrist sprain. Treatment options help reduce symptoms. The following are commonly prescribed:
Taken orally or applied topically to decrease inflammation and pain.
Schedule Appointment with Our Hand | Wrist | Elbow Team
The OPA team includes Alaska’s leading specialists and offers some of the latest, most advanced treatment procedures available today.
OPA treats a wide variety of conditions and offers comprehensive treatment options — including many non-surgical solutions, minimally invasive arthroscopies (repairs) and total joint replacement.