Arthritis involves inflammation of one or more of your joints. Pain and stiffness are common symptoms of arthritis, and when these occur in your wrist, simple daily activities can become more difficult. There are many types of arthritis, and most of these can affect the wrist.
The hands are made up of 27 bones, which are grouped into carpals, metacarpals and phalanges. Each bone is separated by the articular cartilage, which helps provide smooth gliding movements of the fingers. Arthritis develops when the cartilage wears-out, resulting in pain, stiffness and
While the thumb has amazing dexterity, it can also become inflamed or injured as a result of overuse. The basal joint is at the base of the thumb, and arthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions that joint wears down and causes increased friction. Arthritis can also occur in the metacarpophalangeal joint MP jointor the knuckle of the thumb or index fingers.
The hand and wrist have multiple small joints that work together to produce motion, including the fine motion needed to thread a needle or tie a shoelace. When the joints are affected by arthritis, activities of daily living can be difficult. Arthritis can occur in many areas of the hand and wrist and can have more than one cause.
Thumb arthritis may be surgically treated with a fusion procedure. The bones that form the thumb joint are set so they can grow together, or fuse. After fusing, the joint won't move, and your pain should go away.
The main side effect of finger joint fusion is that you will lose some or all of the flexibility in your finger joint after it is fused. Finger joint fusion is a fairly safe procedure, but all surgery comes with risks. These can include:.
This study evaluates the preferred thumb IP joint position with certain tasks of daily living to determine a more satisfactory angle. All tasks were performed both at baseline without any splinting and with the thumb splinted in each angle. Participants used a point Visual Analogue Scale VAS to rate the ease of each task as well as their overall satisfaction at baseline and at each of the various angles for their dominant and nondominant hand.
Overview This outpatient procedure is used to resolve the pain of a severely arthritic joint of the finger by permanently stopping finger movement. This is most commonly used for the joint nearest the fingertip, called the DIP joint, although any joint in the finger can be fused. Preparation The patient is positioned to allow the physician full access to the hand, and the finger is cleaned and sterilized. Anesthesia is administered and a tourniquet is applied.
Search our directory of specialized physicians from all four HOI locations to find the doctor who best fits your orthopedic needs. The wrist is made up of many joints and bones. It is probably the most complex of all the joints in the body due to the fact that every small carpal bone forms a joint with the bone next to it.
Thumb arthritis may be surgically treated with a fusion procedure. The bones that form the thumb joint are set so they can grow together, or fuse. After fusing, the joint won't move, and your pain should go away. The CMC joint an abbreviation for carpometacarpal joint of the thumb is where the metacarpal bone of the thumb attaches to the trapezium bone of the wrist.