Arthritis affects the various joints in the hand and the hand has many joints in the wrists as well as in the fingers. Arthritis in the hands will affect one’s day to day activities if not treated in time using natural remedies which lessen the condition, or with the help of medications, some of which can also have side effects or surgery in extreme cases.
Whatever the treatment, it should be done properly and strictly, if not the hands may become useless in the future.
Treatment of Arthritis in the Hands
As it is the cartilage that is affected, that should be treated first. Tissue building minerals should be included in the daily diet to lessen the condition and make the bones stronger. Eggs as well as dairy products included in the diet will show improvement in the affected person’s condition.
Raw juice from green leafy vegetables, carrot, celery, red beet will help melt the deposits around the joint which will make a lot of difference to arthritis. Sesame seeds soaked in water overnight and taken on an empty stomach the next morning is another excellent remedy.
Use of Medicines
Damaged cartilage cannot be restored or joints cannot be reversed, but medications can prevent further damage of the cartilage as well as joints. There are over the counter medications such as Tylenol and Advil that give relief to joint pain and inflammation around the joints in the hand.
There are prescription drugs also which give relief to the patient. But whatever the medication taken, one has to consult a doctor before taking it as some medicines are likely to have side effects when taken along with other medications. When going in for prescription drugs the doctor should be informed about other regular medications to avoid other complications.
If medications are found to have no effect one can go in for injections that are anesthetic in nature and steroids. But it should not be continued for long as side effects like the weakening of tendons and ligament and lightening of skin can occur. These injections are sometimes accompanied by splinting which helps support the joints when conducting daily activities. But it should not be worn for a long period of time.
Surgery is the only option when non-surgical methods prove to be ineffective. But only a surgeon who is well qualified and experienced in surgery should be approached. Surgery brings long term pain relief to the affected person, but this is done only if the joints can be conserved or reconstructed, that means, not much damage has occurred.
But in cases of extreme damage, a fusion or joint replacement is done. Joint fusion relieves pain; on the other hand, the joint will stop moving. Joint replacement provides both, pain relief as well as joint motion. Ceramics or long wearing metal as well as plastic parts are used for replacement which increases the function as well as the longevity of the joint replaced. But this surgery needs the expertise of an experienced and knowledgeable surgeon as a small mistake may end up in the non-functioning of the whole hand.