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Wrist Osteoarthritis


Presentation

  • This is also present in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, but in those patients this typically lasts for more than 45 minutes. Swelling of the wrist.[en.wikipedia.org]
  • Osteoarthritis of the wrist and hand initially presents itself as mild elbow pain and stiffness. The pain is likely to feel generalized rather than a pin point pain location.[clinic-hq.co.uk]
Inflammation
  • Anti-inflammatories, such as Ibuprofen are also used, but as there is little or no inflammation involved in osteoarthritis these are best avoided without discussing with your GP.[circlehealth.co.uk]
  • They prefer arthrosis because the term arthritis means inflammation. Degeneration by itself doesn't always cause inflammation in the tissues of the joint. Still, these terms are generally used to mean the same thing.[yourdirectpt.com]
Physician
  • Am Fam Physician. 85 (1): 49–56. PMID 22230308. a b Manek, NJ; Lane NE (2000). "Osteoarthritis: current concepts in diagnosis and management". Am Fam Physician. 61 (6): 1795–804. PMID 10750883. "Radiocarpal joint space". radref.org.[en.wikipedia.org]
  • Physician Review You will probably need to have X-rays taken. X-rays are usually the best way to see what is happening with your bones. X-rays can help your doctor assess the damage and track how your joint changes over time.[yourdirectpt.com]
Swelling
  • Our first few treatment sessions will focus on controlling the pain and swelling after surgery. We will then have you begin exercises that help strengthen and stabilize the muscles around the wrist joint.[yourdirectpt.com]
  • These abnormalities include degeneration of cartilage and hypertrophic bone changes, which can lead to pain, swelling and loss of function.[en.wikipedia.org]
Collapse
  • "Scapholunate advanced collapse (SLAC) and scaphoid nonunion advanced collapse (SNAC) wrist arthritis". Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 6 (1): 9–17. doi : 10.1007/s12178-012-9149-4. PMC 3702758.[en.wikipedia.org]
Weight Loss
  • It is incredibly important for people who are overweight to factor in weight loss as part of their treatment as it has been shown to radically reduce pain and stiffness levels in particular cases where the feet, knees and hips are involved.[clinic-hq.co.uk]
Toothache
  • The pain has been described as a sharp pain, an intense dull ache almost like toothache and also like a burning sensation.[clinic-hq.co.uk]
Wrist Arthritis
  • Patients who have wrist arthritis due to systemic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, are much more likely to have arthritis in both wrists. These patients probably don't need wrist strength as much as good range of motion.[yourdirectpt.com]
  • "Scapholunate advanced collapse (SLAC) and scaphoid nonunion advanced collapse (SNAC) wrist arthritis". Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 6 (1): 9–17. doi : 10.1007/s12178-012-9149-4. PMC 3702758.[en.wikipedia.org]
Elbow Pain
  • Osteoarthritis of the wrist and hand initially presents itself as mild elbow pain and stiffness. The pain is likely to feel generalized rather than a pin point pain location.[clinic-hq.co.uk]
Wrist Pain
Morning Stiffness
  • Other signs and symptoms, as with any joint affected by osteoarthritis, include: Morning stiffness, which usually lasts less than 30 minutes.[en.wikipedia.org]
Muscle Spasm
  • Massage therapies and Bowen technique have also been found to help loosen the muscle spasm around the joint.[clinic-hq.co.uk]
Suggestibility
  • As the term “wear and tear” suggests the degeneration of these surfaces is a gradual repetitive process.[clinic-hq.co.uk]
  • If you have advanced osteoarthritis that affects most of the wrist, your doctor will probably suggest a wrist fusion or an artificial wrist joint.[yourdirectpt.com]
Burning Sensation
  • The pain has been described as a sharp pain, an intense dull ache almost like toothache and also like a burning sensation.[clinic-hq.co.uk]

Treatment

  • The first treatment option is proximal row carpectomy.[en.wikipedia.org]
  • Our Treatment Non-surgical Rehabilitation In almost all cases, it is preferable to try nonsurgical treatments first. Surgery is usually not considered until it has become impossible to control your symptoms.[yourdirectpt.com]
  • Corticosteroid injection therapy For individuals with moderate wrist osteoarthritis who continue to suffer disabling symptoms in spite a course of non-surgical management (outlined above), a corticosteroid injection can be offered as the next line of treatment[circlehealth.co.uk]

Prevention

  • Instead treatment is normally aimed at reducing pain levels and preventing further degeneration.[clinic-hq.co.uk]

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