Arthritis Of The Wrist

If you’ve been seeing an orthopedic doctor for wrist pain, you may have been told that you’ve developed arthritis in the joint. This can be scary news for anyone, especially as you are faced with pain and treatment decisions. Here’s what you should know.

Types of Arthritisorthopedic_doctor

The word “Arthritis” is a very broad term that refers to several types of the disease. The most common forms you’ll hear mentioned are:

  • Osteoarthritis, which develops as wear and tear deteriorates the cartilage and bone material;
  • Post-traumatic arthritis, which could occur after a fracture or impact;
  • Gout-related, where crystals deposit in your joints and cause inflammation due to your body’s improper handling of uric acid;
  • Psoriatic arthritis, an effect of Psoriasis, which you may more commonly recognize as red, scaly patches on the skin;
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, a systemic type of arthritis that can cause inflammation, swelling, and intense pain in any of your joints when it strikes.

Your orthopedic doctor should help you understand what type(s) of arthritis you are dealing with, since your treatment options may vary between types.


The most frequently reported complaints from patients with arthritis are pain, swelling, stiffness, poor range of motion and mobility problems. Wrist arthritis may make it difficult or impossible to twist a doorknob or perform other routine tasks due to weakness in the joint or the inability to rotate the joint normally.

Outlook and Treatment Options

Treatment of your wrist arthritis will depend upon your diagnosis and the severity of your case. For patients with minor issues, a mild anti-inflammatory or pain medication may be given.  Steroidal injections or drugs may be the solution for worse cases. An important strategy that can be used for any arthritis sufferer is physical therapy and exercise, since it is critically important to keep the joints moving. Last but not least may be a surgical option, including fusion, removal of nodules or deformed bone tissue, or joint replacement.

Your orthopedic doctor understands how wrist arthritis can affect your entire life and will work with you to find the right solution for your lifestyle and case.


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