Nonsurgical Arthritis Wrist Treatment Options

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Get informed with these arthritis wrist treatment options that are available to you.

arthritis-wrist-treatmentLiving with arthritis can be a 24 hour a day reminder that your body is not functioning to it’s fullest capacity. You stop exercising, you stop enjoying your favorite hobbies, in fact – some just stop doing anything that used to bring them joy because of the pain that they are experiencing.

What if we told you that we dedicate ourselves to walk with you every step of the way to turn it all around? If you or someone you love is suffering from arthritis in the wrist – this is the article for you. Here at Allied Bone and Joint our mission is to put your life in motion. We will do just that by offering arthritis wrist treatment options for you or your loved one.

Let’s discover what we can do to help.

Arthritis Wrist Treatment Without the Nonsurgical Way

As you may already know, arthritis develops from fluid building up around the joint. When this happens, your joints may become painful and stiff. Soon enough it may be too painful to continue painting, working on the computer and perhaps doing simple tasks like washing dishes and folding laundry.

Although there may not be an absolute cure for arthritis, there are definitive ways of keeping pain at bay, and maintaining a level of a relatively pain-free lifestyle to get you back to doing what you love.

Some non-surgical approaches are taken before any surgery is contemplated, in hopes to give you a pain-free lifestyle without a recovery time. Some of these approaches include:

  • Activity Changes. When you minimize or stop the activities that cause your wrist to hurt or ache, you’ve accomplished the first step of relieving your symptoms. Allow your wrist to rest.
  • Rest. Yes, we said it again. Utilizing a splint to cause your wrist to be immobilized is a great way to cause your wrist to rest. Wearing a wrist splint for a short time will help support the wrist joint and allow the pain to subside.
  • Medications. Taking anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) including ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen may be able to help both pain and swelling. These are nonsteroidal. There may be topical options to apply directly onto your wrist, as well.
  • Exercise. Your doctor or physical therapist can give you a prescription of specific exercises that will help improve the function in your wrist.
  • Steroids. An injection of cortisone may be used to help relieve the pain and reduce any inflammation in the wrist, but is not a permanent solution.
  • Other Therapies. Specified by your doctor, there may be other at-home options such as contrast soaks using warm and cold water to help reduce the swelling in your wrist.

If after these treatment options your wrist is not improving, your doctor may prescribe you additional medications called DMARDs (disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs). DMARDs are specifically designed to stop your immune system from attacking your joints.

If your quality of life is severely affected by arthritis or the nonsurgical arthritis wrist treatment has not made a significant difference in your daily life, your doctor may recommend surgical options to reduce pain and improve functionality of the wrist. There are an array of options when it comes to wrist surgery for arthritis. The average wrist surgery recovery time can range anywhere from 5-8 weeks, depending upon the severity of the condition.

If you would like more information on arthritis wrist  treatment you can contact Allied Bone and Joint or request an appointment online.

Whatever your complaint, our goal at Allied Bone and Joint is to put your life in motion.

 

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