Arthritis of the Wrist

Arthritis of the wrist is when one or more of the wrist become inflamed and leads to swelling, pain, and stiffness.  It can make execution of daily activities very difficult since it limits movement.  Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are two types of arthritis that most commonly occurs in the wrist.  Osteoarthritis progressively wears away the smooth articular cartilage covering the joints.  Rheumatoid arthritis is when the body’s immune system attacks the synovium (tissue lining joints and tendons responsible for nourishment) and leads to degeneration of the bones and soft tissue.  Unprotected joints will cause the bones the grind together and is very painful.  

 

Symptoms of Arthritis in the Wrist

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Loss of motion
  • Weakness
  • Deformity of shape of the wrist

 

Causes of Arthritis of the Wrist

  • Wear and tear over time
  • Kienbock’s disease

 

Risk Factors for Arthritis of the Wrist

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Family history of arthritis
  • History of wrist injury

 

Treatment of Arthritis of the Wrist

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.