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Catch the Early Signs of Arthritis in Your Wrists and Hands

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Very little in the world can make you feel older or more helpless than developing arthritis in your hands, body parts we often times take for granted. Fortunately, while there is no known cure for either rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, if you catch the early signs of arthritis in your wrists and hands, treatment is possible. Hand Doctor Avery Arora can recommend ways to keep your hands and wrists flexible and strong for years to come.

First, let’s discuss the two types of arthritis and how they differ from one another. Then, we’ll get into the signs and symptoms that indicate the following:

  • if you’re developing arthritis
  • when to see a hand doctor
  • what kinds of treatment are available to you


Rheumatoid Arthritis v. Osteoarthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that adversely affects the cells in your body that keep your joints coated and lubricated, whereas osteoarthritis is the “wear and tear” arthritis. The exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, it seems to be linked to certain genetic components in association with environmental factors, including bacterial or viral infections.

Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, is caused by aging joints, obesity, and/or trauma to a joint (or joints). Osteoarthritis can affect just one joint or many. Rheumatoid arthritis tends to affect joints symmetrically. So, if you have fairly uniform symptoms in both of your hands and/or wrists, it is more likely that you have rheumatoid arthritis than osteoarthritis. To be absolutely sure, though, it’s best to talk with a your hand doctor for a proper diagnosis.


What Are the Symptoms of Arthritis?

If you exhibit any or all of the following symptoms, it is likely that you have arthritis in your hands and/or wrists, and it’s time to call the hand doctor:

  • Stiffness, pain, and/or swelling in the fingers, hands, and/or wrists
  • Warm hand or wrist joints, especially if they’re tender to the touch
  • Finger joint deformities
  • Numbness and/or tingling in hands and fingers
  • Pain, stiffness, and/or swelling that lasts more than an hour

Arthritis in the hands can be a serious problem, especially if you use your hands for your work. Whether you work in an office or a garage, pain and stiffness in your hands and wrists can mean major issues for your job. So, if you exhibit any of these symptoms, call a hand specialist immediately. This disorder will not just go away if left untreated.


Arthritis Treatment

Depending on how severe your arthritis is, your doctor may prescribe one of many treatment options. For mild arthritic pain, nSAIDs (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin) may be effective enough to relieve pain and swelling. Some patients require a special wrist brace to stabilize the joints and keep them in the proper position so as not to cause any more damage.

Dr. Arora, Michigan’s top hand surgeon, may also recommend a change of diet and stress management, physical therapy, and/or rest and exercise. In some cases, surgery is necessary, but this can often be avoided if the disorder is caught and treated early. If you suspect that you’re suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, make an appointment with your hand doctor today.

Here at Arora Hand Surgery, we care about your health. If you are feeling hand or wrist discomfort and worry that it may be the first signs of arthritis, visit Dr. Avery Arora at one of his southeast Michigan offices located in West Bloomfield, Warren, Macomb Township, or Howell.


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When Should I Contact My Doctor About Arthritis Pain?

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If you have pain and stiffness in your joints, it could be a sign that you are developing arthritis. Waiting too long to get any type of treatment could mean that the joint damage is permanent, and it could be very difficult to correct, even with surgery. While you may not feel you need to see a doctor yet, there are certain “telltale signs” that it is time to get help from a professional. Lets look at some of the reasons that you should get in touch with a doctor.

What Should You Watch For?

If you only have some pain and stiffness in one of your joints, and you havent had issues with your joints in the past, it might not be arthritis. You may simply need to rest and take it easy for a while. However, when you notice that the pain, stiffness, and the swelling are affecting more than one joint, it could be a sign that you are developing arthritis. Its a good idea to get in touch with the doctor at this point, as catching and treating the problem early is the best option.

If you notice that the joints are red and warm when you touch them, it is another potential sign of arthritis. Those who start to notice that it is more difficult to do all of their normal daily activities because they are having issues with their joints will want to contact their doctor.

When the symptoms last for three days or longer without dissipating, and when you have more than one or two arthritic episodes over the course of a month, you need to talk with a doctor as soon as you can.

Ultimately, you dont have to wait to see a doctor, even if the symptoms seem mild. Its better to talk with the doctor and learn more about whats happening to your body as early as possible. Whenever you have any doubt or concern, make an appointment.

Understand Your Type of Arthritis

More than 100 different types of arthritis exist. While they may share some similarities in their signs and symptoms, they are different and may require different approaches to treatment. A specialist will let you know whether you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or any other type of arthritis. The will also be able to discuss your different treatment options so you can start to find ways to relieve your pain and stiffness.

In the beginning, they will likely want to try different types of nonsurgical treatments to see whether they help. If the pain is infrequent and mild, for example, some lifestyle changes and pain medication might be all you need. However, surgery is an option for some patients.

When it comes to arthritis, you might start out going to your primary physician, but you will eventually want to work with a specialist who can provide you with more detailed information about your condition and what you need to do to limit or eliminate the pain and stiffness.

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Dr. Aroras office from my first call to schedule my appointment was friendly. Walking in the first day, I felt like I was in a nice atmosphere. Dr. Arora was EXCELLENT in taking great care of my hand injury. He was gentle and very understanding to the concerns I had about my hand. His expertise was admirable and I would recommend anyone with an injury to their hand to his office to be under his care. Because of him, I have healed faster than expected and will make an 100% recovery! Thank you Dr.

Jackie S.

I first thought I was going to have to have painful injections or surgery, but Dr. Arora suggested physical therapy may do the trick. I was doubtful, but I agreed to do it. Now, my pain is gone, and with the help of an ergonomic keyboard at work to keep my hands in the correct position, I am virtually pain free. The therapy strengthened my wrists and shoulders, and built more flexibility into my wrists.

Jerry T.

My experience with this doctor was positive from the outset. Dr. Arora was kind and spent a great deal of time with me. Staff was friendly. The office was nice and bright.

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