Arthritis of the Hand

Arthritis of the hand is the inflammation of one or more joint within the hand.  There are 100 different forms of arthritis including osteoarthritis (“wear and tear”) and rheumatoid arthritis (chronic swelling within the body).  Arthritis of the hand can be painful and debilitating since the hand makes such fine motor movement with several small bones.  Arthritis can occur in any of the small joints within the hand.  

 

Symptoms of Arthritis of the Hand

  • Pain in the affected joint
  • Loss of motion or weakness
  • Deformation of the hand’s structure
  • Grinding, clicking, or cracking in the joint during motion
  • Swollen joint that are red or tender to touch

 

Causes of Arthritis of the Hand

  • Lack of joint stability or alignment
  • Age
  • History of traumatic injury in the hand
  • Joint infection
  • Overuse of the hand
  • Family history
  • Inflammatory conditions (lupus, gout, pseudo gout, ankylosing spondylitis, IBS, or psyoriasis)

 

Treatment for Arthritis of the Hand

ASTR uses holistic, noninvasive and pain free approaches to relieving inflammation and pain without the use of medication.  Our doctors use patented ASTR tools to break down and clear the existing scar tissue and myofasical restriction in patients.  Specific special exercise programs are given to patients that are designed to reduce inflammation and strengthen the muscle to bring the patient back to a normal functioning and activity.