Thumb and Wrist Arthritis
There are many bones which make up the complex thumb and wrist joints. Arthritis is a broad term which describes degeneration or destruction of the smooth cartilage which coats the end of bones. Over time, the joints become stiff and painful, and can become deformed. These changes lead to the impaired function and weakness of the wrist, hand and fingers.
Osteoarthritis of the thumb and wrist can be managed non-operatively with splints, anti-inflammatory and pain relief medication, selective injections to the affected joints, and avoidance of provoking activities.
If non-operative management is inadequate in relieving pain or improving function, then Dr Yu may recommend surgery. The type of operation depends on the joint(s) involved, and your specific situation and preferences. These may include operations to clean out the joint (debridement), remove the joint (excision arthroplasty), replace the joint (replacement arthroplasty), or fuse the joint (arthrodesis). Whatever your situation, Dr Yu will work with you to decide the best management and rehabilitation plan for you.
Do you have a wrist problem?
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