The joints of the hand can be damaged by arthritis, causing pain and deformity.
Osteoarthritis is essentially the result of “wear and tear” and tends to affect the small joints of the fingers and the base of the thumb.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder which usually affects the knuckles, thumb and wrist. In the early stages of arthritis, treatment involves activity modification, splinting and medication.
As the arthritis becomes more severe, the following treatments can be offered: