Rheumatoid arthritis treatments
There is, unfortunately, no treatment to cure this condition, but medication can help control it and its symptoms. Anti-inflammatories and immunosuppressive drugs are commonly prescribed.
Tips for protecting your digital joints
Avoid stresses and twisting or awkward motions.
- Carry heavy objects with your open palm, rather than grasping with the thumb and a finger. Use your grip rather than your thumb.
- If you must use your thumb and fingers to grasp an object, use 3 gripping points, such as the thumb-index-middle.
- Avoid movements that bend the fingers toward the little finger side of the hand.
- When carrying a heavy object, distribute the weight over the wrist and forearm.
- Slide objects rather than lifting them.
- Spare your fingers from prolonged gripping or pinching motions as often as possible; find other ways to do things.
- Avoid long periods of immobility; move the fingers often and vary your activities.
Respect your pain.
- Identify the motion that causes pain and avoid it.
- Use resting splints.
Engage in gentle daily exercise to maintain mobility.
- Bend the fingers downward into the palm.
- Thumb touch: thumb-index, thumb-middle finger, thumb-ring finger, thumb-pinky finger, thumb-base of pinky.
- Palm flat on a surface, gently lift and lower one finger at a time.
- Lateral finger exercise: palm flat on a surface, move the index toward the thumb, the middle finger toward the index, and so on.
Several surgical options are possible in advanced cases where function is impaired. The most common is joint replacement. When joint damage is extensive, the best course is joint fusion surgery to correct the deformity and restore the fingers to a functional position. Tendon transfers are often done to correct some deformities.
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