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How is hand osteoarthritis treated?

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The main goals of osteoarthritis treatment involve reducing or eliminating pain and/or restoring function and mobility. The following nonsurgical treatments may be used:

  • Medications, including anti-inflammatory or analgesic drugs; this treatment might also include injections of pain reliever/steroid combinations.
  • Finger or wrist splints or soft sleeve devices worn during the night or during certain activities
  • Resting the joints
  • Heat treatments such as paraffin baths or cold treatments
  • Topical treatments such as capsaicin cream
  • Performing exercises given by your doctor or occupational therapist
  • Steroid injections into the affected joints

From: What Is Hand Osteoarthritis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Osteoarthritis."

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons' OrthoInfo: "Arthritis of the Hand."

Arthritis Foundation: "Osteoarthritis of the Hands," "Topical NSAIDs Offer Rub-on Relief."

Cleveland Clinic: "Arthritis of the Wrist and Hand."

UpToDate: "Management of Hand Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 8, 2018

SOURCES:

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Osteoarthritis."

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons' OrthoInfo: "Arthritis of the Hand."

Arthritis Foundation: "Osteoarthritis of the Hands," "Topical NSAIDs Offer Rub-on Relief."

Cleveland Clinic: "Arthritis of the Wrist and Hand."

UpToDate: "Management of Hand Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 8, 2018

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