Arthritis is a general term used to describe inflamed or damaged joints. The most common type of arthritis to affect the hand and wrist is osteoarthritis (also called degenerative arthritis). Other common types of arthritis include inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout, and post traumatic arthritis, which occurs secondary to a past injury to the area.
The most common symptoms of arthritis are
pain (especially with activities, such as grasping or pinching), swelling,
and stiffness. With progression of the disease, deformity and significant
limitation of motion may develop. The diagnosis is made by careful evaluation
and radiological examination. For inflammatory arthritis, blood tests may
also be necessary.
Rheumatoid arthritis is more complex and
variable. There are many new medical treatments useful in controlling
progression of the disease. Surgical treatment is geared toward correcting
severe deformities and improving function through joint replacement arthroplasties,
joint fusions, and other soft tissue reconstructions.
At Central Jersey Hand Surgery, almost all surgeries for arthritis can be performed on an outpatient basis. We endeavor to focus on each individual's age, activity level, and needs in order to plan the best treatment.
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