How to Treat Arthritis of the Hands

Inflammation of the joints is a defining feature of arthritis. Degeneration of the joint or an autoimmune illness can cause this. Both types of arthritis can cause swelling, stiffness, difficulty moving, diminished strength, discomfort, and abnormalities in the affected joint. Arthritis is divided into four stages: minor, mild, moderate, and severe. Minor wear and tear, bone spur growths, erosion, and full cartilage loss are the stages of joint degeneration.

What Effects Does Arthritis Have on Function? 

Hand arthritis can cause a decrease of hand strength and function. This can make routine tasks like writing, opening containers, and manipulating small objects more difficult. People with arthritic conditions who do not seek treatment self-report a deterioration in their ability to conduct normal chores, according to research.

What are your options? 

Occupational and physical therapists use hand treatment to help people with arthritis reduce the effects of the disease on their daily activities and routines.

Methodologies Applied: 

  • Therapeutic massage
  • Gentle stretching
  • Gentle strengthening
  • Paraffin
  • Activity modifications
  • Energy conservation
  • Joint Preservation
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Fluidotherapy
  • Moist heat
  • Cryotherapy
  • Fine motor exercises

Hand therapists can also make personalized splints to help with joint alignment and reduce the disorder’s impact. 

To avoid additional joint degradation, it’s vital to detect the signs and symptoms of arthritis as soon as possible. If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms listed above, consult an orthopedic surgeon or call one of our certified hand specialists to decide the best course of action here at Pro+Kinetix. Visit

Oakland, CA Pain Management Clinic

Dr. Ben Bagge

Pro+Kinetix Physical Therapy & Performance

"We Help Active Adults & Athletes Get Back To Workouts and Sports They Enjoy without surgery, stopping activities they love, or relying on pain medicine."
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