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Arthritis of the Hand & Wrist

Hand and Wrist Arthritis Treatment Katy

Have you noticed progressive pain and stiffness of your hand or wrist? A common cause of these symptoms is arthritis, a degenerative condition affecting the smooth cartilage surface of your joints. At The Hand and Plastic Surgery Center of Katy, we offer treatment options for arthritis of the hand and wrist that can help to restore your quality of life. Hand and plastic surgeon Dr. Dipan Das

 

The Different Types of Arthritis

There are many types of arthritis including osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. All types can progress to disabling pain, stiffness, and joint instability, but osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis distinctly impact the hand and wrist.

Osteoarthritis, characterized by joint cartilage degeneration, commonly affects the fingers and base of the thumb, leading to pain and reduced grip strength, while post-traumatic arthritis may develop after hand injuries, causing lingering discomfort. Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder, on the other hand, often targets the small joints in the hands, causing inflammation and deformities.

 

Symptoms and Early Signs

Arthritic symptoms manifest differently in each type. Early signs may include joint pain, stiffness, and swelling in the hand and wrist. Individuals may notice difficulty gripping objects or experience a reduced range of motion. Recognizing these symptoms is crucial for timely intervention and seeking arthritis treatment, offering relief and potentially slowing disease progression.
 

Diagnosis and Tests

Diagnosing hand and wrist arthritis involves a comprehensive evaluation, with medical history, physical examinations, and imaging studies such as X-rays or MRIs helping confirm the diagnosis. Identifying arthritic symptoms early enables healthcare professionals to tailor an effective arthritis treatment plan, optimizing outcomes.
 

Treating Arthritis

While there is no cure for arthritis, multiple treatment options exist for your symptoms. First-line treatments include splints, anti-inflammatory medication, and activity modification. For more advanced and symptomatic cases, steroid injections can be of significant benefit. In cases where conservative options have been exhausted, surgical intervention may be warranted. Our hand surgery specialists will discuss with you these options and collaborate with you and your other physicians to determine the best treatment plan in your unique situation.

Very Satisfied

“Dr. Das is an excellent surgeon. He is never rushed during office visits and is easy to talk to and explain things. He even took time to discuss my wife’s arthritis in her thumbs. Very satisfied.”

— James C. (Patient since 2017)

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What to Expect

The length of your recovery following hand surgery for arthritis will depend on the type of procedure performed. Patients will likely experience some swelling and discomfort that will subside over time. Physical therapy may be recommended following surgery to help regain movement and strength in the hand.

 

Post-Surgery Care and Rehabilitation

After arthritis surgery, patients can expect a period of recovery. Post-surgery care involves managing pain and inflammation, with rehabilitation focusing on restoring hand and wrist function. Physical therapy exercises enhance strength and flexibility, facilitating a smoother recovery and promoting long-term arthritis relief.
 
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Arthritis Treatment Cost

The cost of your arthritis treatment in Katy will depend on the type of treatment used and whether or not surgery is required. During your consultation, Dr. Das will take the time to properly diagnose the issue and go over your treatment options to help determine the best approach for you. He can answer any questions you have about treatment cost, insurance, and the payment options available to you.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are common arthritic symptoms in the hand and wrist?

A: Symptoms include joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and reduced grip strength.

Q: How is hand and wrist arthritis diagnosed?

A: Diagnosis involves a thorough examination, medical history review, and imaging tests.

Q: What can I expect during post-surgery recovery?

A: Recovery includes managing pain, inflammation, and engaging in rehabilitation exercises for optimal results in arthritis relief.

 

Schedule a Consultation

If you think you may have arthritis of the hand or wrist, please contact our office at 832-232-HAND (4263) to see Dr. Das. He can properly diagnose the issue and formulate an effective treatment plan. Our team at The Hand and Plastic Surgery Center of Katy is dedicated to providing the best treatment options for arthritis of the hand and wrist that Katy, TX has to offer.

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23960 Katy Fwy #130

Katy, Texas 77494

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832-232-HAND (4263)

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