While there is no cure for arthritis, there are treatments that can help to manage the discomfort. Treatment can reduce the severity and frequency of symptoms.
It is common practice to start with non-surgical treatment to reduce symptoms
- Activity Modification: Limiting or stopping the activities that increase pain is the first step to relieving the symptoms.
- Splint: Wearing a splint can help support the joint and reduce stress during periods of activity.
- Medication: Non-steroidal drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen can reduce pain and swelling.
- Exercise: Specific exercises can improve the range of motion and function in the wrist. A doctor or physical therapist will develop an exercise program that meets the specific needs of the patient.
If non-surgical treatments are unsuccessful, consult a doctor for a recommend surgical treatment.
The goal of surgical treatment is to reduce pain while maintaining hand function. There are many procedures and options based on the severity of the condition.