Degenerative Joint Disease
Most commonly age-related, Arthritis of the Hand is painful, and no two patients experience it in the same way. There are different causes, and varying degrees of discomfort, as well as many areas in the hand for you to develop arthritis. The condition occurs when the normally smooth surface (articular cartilage) between bones becomes rough. The smoother the surface, the easier it is for bones to move against each other (articulate). Your arthritis will change over time, making it important to monitor and reassess your symptoms regularly. Customized, personal treatment programs, like the ones at Focus Physiotherapy, adapt to your changing needs, and are designed to reflect your unique experience of the condition.
Many deformities can occur when arthritis is left unchecked, including conditions such as ulnar drift, boutonniere deformity and swan neck deformity. Our arthritis treatment regimens focus on preventing deformities, reducing pain and responding quickly to control flare-ups. Once we have managed the acute phase, our treatment will work to strengthen the hand and improve or maintain function and flexibility.