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How (and When) Hand Surgery Can Help Your Arthritis

How (and When) Hand Surgery Can Help Your Arthritis

Arthritis is a chronic condition, and there are several types. Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can affect your hands, causing symptoms like pain, tenderness, redness, stiffness, and loss of range of motion.

With everything you depend on your hands for every day, deterioration and discomfort due to arthritis in your hands can limit your ability to go about your usual tasks and hobbies.

Talk to Dr. Nirav GuptaDr. Derek Farr, and the orthopedic team at Twin Palm Orthopedics of Ocala, Florida, about your arthritis-related problems with your hands. We specialize in hand surgery, a procedure that can restore both comfort and function to repair arthritis damage.

When hand surgery is right for your arthritis

Arthritis often worsens over time. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition, meaning your joints continue to break down as the condition progresses. Rheumatoid arthritis can also cause wear-and-tear and breakdown of cartilage as your own body attacks your affected joints like wrists and knuckles.

It’s essential to work with a medical expert to manage your arthritis before you lose more use of your hands. You want to try conservative approaches to managing arthritis before you turn to surgery. These can include physical therapy exercises, splinting, targeted injections, and medication management for pain control.

However, if your arthritis symptoms don’t respond to nonsurgical interventions, it might be time to consider hand surgery to address arthritis damage before your condition worsens.

How hand surgery works to address arthritis

Our team at Twin Palm Orthopedics has the hand surgery expertise you can trust to effectively address arthritis-related damage and relieve your symptoms, restoring your comfort and the full function of your hands.

Before your hand surgery, we use imaging techniques, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning and X-rays to understand more about the condition of your hands. Hand surgery can repair parts of your hands, including your wrists, palms, and fingers.

Using a comprehensive range of advanced surgical techniques, our team at Twin Palm Orthopedics repairs damage from arthritis in your hands. The most common procedures that assist people with arthritis are fusion (a procedure that creates a stronger knuckle with less flexibility) and total knuckle replacement (arthroplasty).

We work with you throughout your post-surgery recovery to fully rehabilitate your hand. We ensure that you regain as much range of motion and hand utility as possible.

To learn more about how hand surgery could help to finally relieve your hand arthritis symptoms of stiffness, discomfort, and dysfunction, get in touch with our Twin Palm Orthopedics team today. Schedule your initial consultation appointment online or over the phone.

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