Hand and Wrist Joint Inflammation - Description and treatment
Do you feel severe pain in the joints of your hand or wrist? Are there signs such as swelling, stiffness or redness? You may suffer from an inflammatory joint disease which can lead to limited mobility and deformities of the joint, e.g., contorted fingers or hands.
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Characteristics of Hand and Wrist Joint Inflammation and its Causes
Inflammation of hand and wrist joints can be infectious or non-infectious. The most common cause of non-infectious inflammation of small hand and wrist joints is rheumatoid arthritis.
With rheumatoid arthritis, the immunity system attacks its own tissues. Inflammation inside the joint causes swelling, pain to the touch, and stiffness. After some time, the inflammation leads to destruction and deformation of the joint – progressive polyarthritis i.e., rheumatism. The disease limits patients’ performance of everyday activities and may lead to permanent disability.
In the most severe cases, layers of the articular surface disappear. This leads to deformities of the joint – such as when fingers turn towards the little-finger-side of the hand. Osteophytes also might grow on the finger joints.
The risk factors for development of rheumatoid arthritis are:
- Excess weight and obesity,
- excess strain on the joints by inappropriate and repeated movement.
Hand and Wrist Joint Inflammation Treatment – Rid yourself of the Pain
Treatment of infectious inflammation of hand or wrist joints is managed by administering drugs (targeted antibiotics, etc.) for eliminating the specific determined agent.
Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (joint inflammation) is based on reducing pain and decelerating progression of the disease.
A wide range of drugs of various groups are used to treat joint arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Drug treatment in the form of on-steroid anti-rheumatics is utilised to decelerate inflammatory processes.
Inflammatory processes can be supressed by corticosteroids.
Apart from conventional synthetic disease modifying anti-rheumatics (most commonly methotrexate), there are other substances in the group of biological and targeted synthetic disease modifying drugs (e.g. anti-TNF-α antibodies, biological medicaments with a different mechanism effect, targeted synthetic inhibitors, etc.) These drugs can be used individually or in combination.
Support treatment to reduce pain may consist of ultrasound therapy, laser, polarised light, galvanisation or thermotherapy. Adjustments to patient’s environment and lifestyle are therapeutically important. Preventive measures lie within complex care of the immune system and proper treatment of infectious diseases.
Rehabilitation and spa treatment promotes mobility of affected joints, decelerates progression of the disease and supresses some of the symptoms – mainly pain and swelling.
A wide range of methods are used – from gymnastics, through physical therapy (massages, baths, local application of cold – cryotherapy), utilising electric current, magnetic field to polarised light. Surgical treatment offers yet more options.
Within the rehabilitation treatment, low-frequency pulsed magnetic therapy has its place in treating some symptoms of inflammation of the wrist and hand joints as it utilises the analgesic, anti-swelling and healing effects with the support of anti-inflammatory effect.
Home applications are a huge convenience which allows the patient to continue intensive rehabilitation at home, out of hospital facilities.
Patented 3D Biomag pulsed therapy. How does it work?
The basic principle of 3D Biomag magnetic therapy is generating electromagnetic pulses. The generated pulses can penetrate through layers of clothing and even body tissues to the place of application. These pulses have specially developed biotropic parameters (e.g. frequency, profile, intensity), thanks to which the pulsed magnetotherapy affects various health conditions.
The term pulse magnetic therapy is most commonly used for physiotherapy using the principle of electromagnetic pulses. The abbreviation PEMF is used in order to be concise.
Patented 3D Biomag technology ensures more precise and uninterrupted pulse profiles, enhances output, and allows pulses to come from various angles.
Pulsed magnetic therapy is not meant to treat inflammation of the wrist and hand joints itself. Such treatment can only be recommended by a physician. Magnetic therapy application is used on symptoms of inflammation of the wrist and hand joints such as pain, swelling and inflammation.
Carefully read the user guide provided by the producer and consult a physician about your health before using any medical device.