Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is a disease which causes the cartilage in the joints to degenerate and wear down. It can develop as the result of an injury, trauma or the overuse of a specific joint. It tends to run in families and fluctuates in levels of pain and stiffness.
The first thing to do is to understand your injury. It is a disease process and has time periods of intense pain where you need supports to rest your damaged joints and periods where your joints stiffen. At this time you need to keep exercising your joints within pain limits. A custom made splint (hard, soft or functional) can be applied to immobilise and rest the painful joint(s) depending on where your arthritis symptoms are at. It is important to learn when to move and when to rest the effected joint(s). Hand Therapy not only provides pain relief, but will also give you the exercises required to strengthen your hands so you can operate with optimum function. At The Hands Physio we encourage and equip you to be able to manage this condition independently. We will also provide you with a booklet to look at some equipment which may help protect your joints and allow you to still some activities at home that are particularly painful.
There is no known cure for arthritis, but you can manage your symptoms to be relatively pain free. You can do exercises to help maximise your abilities. You may need some equipment to help you perform difficult tasks. We can help you work out what would suit you.