Hand and wrist osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease where the cartilage between your joints wears down, causing inflammation, pain, and reduced dexterity. Osteoarthritis feels like the following:
- Weak grip
- Tender wrists or knuckles
- Swollen knuckles or wrists
- Reduced finger movement
- Aching hands
Symptoms of osteoarthritis tend to be worse in the mornings. If you are suffering these symptoms, please visit us at the Hand and Shoulder Center. We specialize in treating conditions of the hands with comprehensive and personalized care.
Every course of treatment at the Hand and Shoulder Center in Savannah, Georgia, begins with a one-on-one discussion with the doctor about your symptoms and history. Treatment plans are based on your needs and goals. We will always recommend the most conservative treatment option before suggesting surgery.
Standard treatment options for osteoarthritis include:
- Splint or brace
- Physical therapy
- Hot or cold therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Topical gel
- Steroid injection
If your osteoarthritis does not respond to conservative treatment options, we will refer you to a surgeon at a local hospital. The surgeon may fuse bones together on the side of the arthritic joint or rebuild the joints.
At the Hand and Shoulder Center, we want each patient to feel comfortable discussing their ailments as well as their treatment goals. Every treatment plan is tailored to suit the patient, and you can count on us to listen and recommend the best option. If you are suffering from osteoarthritis in your hand or wrist, visit us today for the personalized care and pain relief you deserve.