Arthritis wears away at the cartilage of a joint, causing inflammation and irritation of the lining, which produces the fluid that helps protect and lubricate the joint. When arthritis affects the joints of the hands, it can cause pain and stiffness. The pain from arthritis of the hand in Louisiana can get worse whenever you use your hand for repetitive tasks.
Treating Arthritis Of The Hand In Louisiana
There are some medicinal options for treating hand arthritis. For example, you can take oral pain-relieving medications or get steroid injections in your joints, and splint your hands to provide support.
If these options don’t work, you may need to have surgery to fix the damaged joint. There are also many home treatments you can use to reduce the pain and disability from arthritis of the hand in Louisiana.
One easy way to keep the joints flexible, improve range of motion, and relieve arthritis pain is by doing hand exercises. These 6 exercises can strengthen the muscles that support the hand joints and help you perform hand movements with less discomfort.
Exercise #1: Make a fist: You can do this easy exercise anywhere and anytime your hand feels stiff. Start by holding your left hand out with all of your fingers straight. Then, slowly bend your hand into a fist, placing your thumb on the outside of your hand. Be gentle, don’t squeeze your hand. Open your hand back up until your fingers are straight. Do the exercise 10 times then repeat the sequence with the right hand.
Exercise #2: Finger bends: Start in the same position as in the last exercise, with your left hand held up straight. Bend your thumb down toward your palm. Hold it for a couple of seconds. Straighten your thumb back up, then bend your index finger down toward your palm. Hold it for a couple of seconds, then straighten it.
Repeat with each finger on your right hand.
Exercise #3: Thumb bend: First, hold your left hand out with all of your fingers straight. Bend your thumb inward toward your palm. Stretch for the bottom of your pinky finger with your thumb. If you can’t reach your pinky – don’t worry – just stretch your thumb as far as you can. Hold the position for a second or two, and then return your thumb to the starting position. Repeat 10 times, then do the exercise with your right hand.
Exercise #4: Make an ‘O’: Start with your left hand out and fingers straight.
Curve all of your fingers inward until they touch. Your fingers should form the shape of an “O.” Hold this position for a few seconds, then straighten your fingers again. Repeat this exercise a few times a day on each hand.
Exercise #5: Table bend: Place the pinky-side edge of your left hand on a table, with your thumb pointed up. Holding your thumb in the same position, bend the other four fingers inward until your hand makes an “L” shape. Hold it for a couple of seconds, and then straighten your fingers to move them back into the starting position. Repeat 10 times, and then do the same sequence on the right hand.
Exercise #6: Finger lift: Place your left hand flat on a table, palm down.
Starting with your thumb, lift each finger slowly off the table one at a time.
Hold each finger for a second or two, and then lower it. Do the same exercise with every finger of your right hand.
For best results, make these exercises part of your daily routine. Call our office if these exercises become difficult for you to do so we can recommend more specific exercises for you or other treatments to help your pain. Don’t live in pain from arthritis of the hand in Louisiana – call our office today to schedule a consultation and let’s get you pain-free!