08 Apr How to Get Rid of Arthritis in Fingers
Arthritis is a condition in which the joints get inflamed. There are many types of arthritis based on the underlying cause. The joints of the hands are most commonly affected by rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is characterized by inflammation and irritation the sign of synovial membrane. RA often involves multiple joints in both hands. The typical symptoms include pain and joint stiffness, which tend to get worse when there is repetitive movement.
There are various treatment options available for RA, ranging from oral pain anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injections to Immunomodulatory drugs. In refractory cases, surgery is needed to fix the damaged joint.
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 symptoms of this condition. there are many hand exercises that help to keep the joints flexible, improve range of motion, and relieve pain. They can also help strengthen the muscles that support the hand joints. Furthermore, these exercises can also help to keep ligaments and tendons flexible, which can help improve the overall range of motion. These exercises can increase the production of synovial fluid as well, which can improve joint mobility.
These exercises include:
- Make a fist: Start by holding your left hand out with all of your fingers straight. Then, slowly bend your hand into a fist with the thumb placed outside. Then open the fist. Do the exercise 10 times with each hand.
- Finger bends: Hold the hand up straight and bend your thumb down toward your palm. Hold it for a couple of seconds, then straighten your thumb back up. Then bend your index finger down toward your palm, and hold it for a couple of seconds. Then straighten it. Repeat with each finger of each hand.
- Thumb bend: First, hold your 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. Just stretch your thumb as far as you can and then return to starting position. Repeat 10 times with each hand.
- The “O”: Start with your hand out and fingers straight, then curve all of your fingers inward until they touch forming the shape of an “O.”
Hold this position for a few seconds and then straighten your fingers again.
Perform this exercise on each hand.
- Table bend: Place the pinky-side edge of your 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 return to starting position. Repeat 10 times on each hand.
- Finger lift: Place your 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. Perform on each hand.
- Wrist stretch: Hold your right arm out with the palm facing down. With your left hand, gently press down on the right hand until you feel a stretch in your wrist and arm. Hold the position for a few seconds. Perform 10 times on each hand.
If performed daily, these exercises can be quite effective in providing symptomatic relief and improving overall joint function. If the symptoms worsen at any time, consult your doctor for advice.