Arthritis

Arthritis in the hand and wrist is common especially as we age. Just like other parts of the body, there are different types of arthritis in the hand too. The most common are Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Arthritis in the hand and wrist may cause a little or a lot of problems with our day to day activities. A hand therapist can help you to manage your arthritis and improve your hand and wrist function.

Common symptoms:

  • Pain at the base of the thumb
  • Pain that is worse in the morning or when cold
  • Hot and swollen joints
  • Difficulty making a full fist
  • Weakness

Potential causes:

  • Long term repetitive use of the hand and/or fingers
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Genetics
  • Past injuries

Assessment :

Subjective assessment: We will ask you about your hand and wrist pain, your daily activities and your sports, your general health and other potential factors that may contribute to your concerns. We will also ask you what activities you enjoy and the goal you want to reach.

Objective assessment: We will look at your hand and palpate around the area. We will look at how your hand and wrist move and their interaction with your elbow and shoulder. We may perform special tests to pinpoint where your limitations originate.

Treatment :

  • Education on the condition
  • Muscle and/or other soft tissue release
  • Joint moblisation
  • Activity modification
  • Custom made thermoplastic or neoprene splint or brace
  • Taping
  • Dry needling
  • Home exercise program including stretching, movement and strengthening exercises

Plan:

From the moment we meet you, we are planning an individualised and holistic approach to help you reach your goal and be your best!

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