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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes your body’s immune system to attack the joints in your hands. This type of arthritis in your hands can be very painful and limit your ability to use your hands for daily tasks. It is more common for women to have rheumatoid arthritis than men, and it typically begins between the ages of 40-60. 

Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis: 

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Bumps on knuckles

The inflammation of the joint tissues may cause erosion over time. The skilled orthopedists and their team at the Hand and Shoulder Center can help slow the progression of rheumatoid arthritis.

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Diagnosis and Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis at the Hand and Shoulder Center in Savannah, Georgia

Every rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis at the Hand and Shoulder Center begins with a thorough discussion with the doctor about your symptoms and medical history. The orthopedist then conducts an examination to look for signs of swelling and tenderness in your joints. We may also perform blood tests or X-rays to determine if there is another cause for your joint pain. 

After the doctor has a detailed medical history, an account of your symptoms, and a physical examination, we will discuss your treatment options with you and come up with a plan that works best for your needs. 

Common treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis include: 

  • Medication
  • Exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Dietary changes

We suggest that you visit the Hand and Shoulder Center in Savannah, Georgia, as soon as you experience any discomfort in your hands. Early treatment makes all of the difference in how successful we control your rheumatoid arthritis and keep it from getting worse. If the condition persists even after conservative treatments, we may suggest surgery.

Surgical Solutions
Surgical options for rheumatoid arthritis include:

Arthrodesis

With this type of surgery, the surgeon fuses the bones of the joint together. Arthrodesis helps reduce rheumatoid arthritis pain and increase knuckle strength, but it also limits flexibility and movement.

Arthroplasty

With this type of rheumatoid arthritis surgery, the surgeon will remove the damaged joint and replace it with an artificial implant.

These surgeries are open surgeries that require anesthesia, so they will need to be performed at the hospital.

Visit the Hand and Shoulder Center for Comprehensive Care for Your Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hands

If you live in or near Savannah, Georgia, and suffer from rheumatoid arthritis of the hands, visit the Hand and Shoulder Center for comprehensive care. We take the time to get to know you and your symptoms and specially tailor a treatment plan for your needs. Schedule an appointment today.

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