Your joints face a lot of wear and tear as time goes on, but when the cartilage between your joints breaks down, you’ll have more pain, swelling, or stiffness. Osteoarthritis is a common degenerative disease of the joints which Patrick Devanny, MD, is an expert in treating. As an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Devanny provides treatment for osteoarthritis of the hand, wrist, and/or thumb. If you’re ready to feel better, schedule an appointment at Incline Orthopaedics in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Millions of people in the United States have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of arthritis. When the cartilage on the ends of your bones begins to wear down, there is no longer a cushion between your joints protecting them from rubbing together. It can feel like you are rubbing raw bones together every time you move, which can be quite painful.
This disorder can occur in almost any joint in the body, but it often affects your hands and wrists.
If you have osteoarthritis in your hand or wrist, you may experience pain, stiffness, and tenderness in the area. You may also notice a grating sensation when you try to move your hand or wrist, as well as a loss of flexibility and a shorter range of motion.
In a healthy hand and wrist, cartilage acts as a slippery buffer that allows your joints to move freely and without much friction. However, when this cartilage deteriorates, the bones begin rubbing against each other, which leads to the uncomfortable symptoms associated with osteoarthritis. This condition tends to get worse over time.
If you have osteoarthritis in your hand and wrist, you may benefit from taking certain medications, such as pain relievers or anti-inflammatories. Physical therapy and occupational therapy may also help you manage your pain and flexibility.
If your osteoarthritis continues to cause symptoms even after you’ve had these conservative treatments, you may need a more intensive therapy. Incline Orthopaedics offers stem cell injections and surgical treatments to patients with osteoarthritis in the hand, wrist, and thumb.
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can develop into any type of tissue. During a stem cell injection, Dr. Devanny injects these cells directly into the joint affected by osteoarthritis. The goal of treatment is to encourage tissue regeneration to create a healthier joint and relieve pain.
Surgery can help with the symptoms of osteoarthritis by removing damaged tissue, reshaping rough bone, fusing bones, or replacing a joint altogether. The exact type of procedure you’ll need to address your symptoms depends on the specifics of your condition. Dr. Devanny will review your case carefully to determine which procedure is best for you.