Pain in the wrist joint is an extremely common complaint, and there can be a long list of potential reasons. But prolonged pain from a previous injury or a history of rheumatoid arthritis may have made you susceptible to wrist arthritis.
Wrist arthritis is associated with several common disorders including post-traumatic arthritis (previous injury), wrist instability (injury to tendons and ligaments), and rheumatoid arthritis. Each condition is slightly different; however, they all result in the same symptoms: pain, swelling, and limited function – otherwise known as arthritis.
Both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options exist for wrist arthritis and many times are easily treated with conservative alternatives such as:
- Lifestyle modifications – Avoiding certain movements or activities that may encourage pain.
- Wrist splints – Also known as support braces, wrist splints can help the wrist with activities that may induce pain.
- Heat applications – Small intervals of heat applied to the wrist to reduce pain.
- Anti-inflammatory medications – The most commonly prescribed medications for patients with wrist arthritis, anti-inflammatories will help to reduce inflammation and therefore lessen pain.
- Cortisone injections – An injection that is used in the wrist joint to reduce inflammation and pain.
If these treatment options should prove unsuccessful, there are surgical procedures that could be considered. For more information, or to be evaluated by our expert hand specialists at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists call 509-565-8108 or schedule an appointment online.