Treatment for Arthritis of the Hand

The hand and wrist have lots of small joints that allow movement and arthritis caused by loss of cartilage between these small joints is a common occurrence as you age. Inflammation results in swelling and pain with movement of the affected joints which can reduce function.

Mr Thornton will assess you by taking a thorough clinical history, physical examination, and investigation by X-ray/ultrasound as indicated to assist diagnosis. There are a number of non-surgical treatments that will help relieve symptoms including rest, splintage, anti-inflammatory/analgesic medication or localised steroid injections. Failure of non-operative measures, chronic pain & limitation of function indicates the need for surgery which may involve removal of inflammatory tissue, denervation, fusion or joint replacement. These procedures are usually carried out as a day case under regional anaesthetic.