Arthritis Pain

Arthritis may include osteoarthritis (OA) or Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that can affect any joint in the body by wearing down of the cartilage between your joints, which causes the bones to rub together. This may include joints of the wrists hands (Thumb, Middle Knuckles, and Fingertips)

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects the lining of your joints and causes painful swelling that can lead to bone erosion and joint deformities

OT intervention in this population may include:

  • Exercises to strengthen the muscles that support the hand joints and increase movements in the hands to keep ligaments and tendons flexible
  • Manual therapy
  • Splinting
  • Education on self- management ( Joint Protection Principles, Adaptive Equipment, Activity Modification)