MUSIC My name is W.P. Andrew Lee. I’m the director of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins MUSIC Thumb arthritis comes from wear and tear. The basal joint of the thumb is the most flexible and versatile joint in the entire human body.
It allows us to turn the thumb 360 degrees to have all the dexterity in the hand to do all the things that we can do. And that’s why it gets a lot of use and wear and tear, and typically after decades of use, the joint wears out. It gives the patient pain, it gives swelling, there can be deformity. And the patient has more and more discomfort when they use their hand.
MUSIC The most common symptom from thumb arthritis is pain and progressive pain. The patient typically starts out with some discomfort and use in their thumb or hand that progresses over a period of months or sometime even years. Eventually the pain can be disabling that precludes the patient from everyday activities, whether its.
In the kitchen, around the house or doing outdoor work. The most common activities that I hear from my patients that result from thumb arthritis are daily simple things, such as opening a jar, opening a large doorknob, or things that don’t require a lot of strength that require the dexterity of the thumb to achieve. MUSIC A diagnosis can be made in the office by a trained hand.
Specialist. It’s often obvious once the patient complains of the symptoms when the physician examines the hand. There can be deformity, there can be swelling in the thumb joint, and when the patient loses the thumb, it’s obviously not a normal joint that’s gliding smoothly. MUSIC I typically start out with a soft splint that the patient.
Wears around the thumb. The fingers are completely free, but the thumb is supported. This way the patient can still use the hand freely and perform most activities, yet the thumb receives the support needed to help reduce the pain when the patient uses the hand. MUSIC If the conservative treatments do not completely relieve the patient’s symptom, surgical treatment may be considered.
In such a procedure a small wrist bone is removed to help eliminate the pain from thumb arthritis. Instead of the wrist bone, the space is then filled in with a tendon during surgery, which not only obliterates the space, but also help to suspend the joint, so the thumb can continue to function normally after reconstruction. MUSIC The patient is put into a splint for a total of six weeks, during.
Hand Arthritis Stretches Exercises Ask Jo
Hey everybody, it’s Jo. And today I’m gonna show you some stretches and exercises for hand arthritis. So you’ll have better Jazz Hands. Let’s get started. To start off you’re just gonna warm up your wrist. You can prop it up on something so you can have your arm relaxed, but if you’re not next to a table or counter top, you can just prop up your elbow on your leg or something like that. But this will make it just a little more comfortable. So make a fist with your hand and just getting the wrist loosened up first cause all those muscles and tendons that go out into the hand are also in the wrist. So just start off with about 10 to 15, it doesn’t have to be anything too strenuous.
Just getting those muscles loosened up a little bit. And then you’re gonna do a little side to side. So same thing, just start off with 10 to 15 to get those muscles nice and loose. Then you;re gonna go into the fingers and the hand. What you want to do now is try and keep your fingers as straight as you can and you’re gonna tap each finger with your thumb in the middle. But try and keep them straight. I know it’s kind of hard, but that’s just gonna get those joints at the bottom there kind of loosened up. So just do about 3 times all of them back and forth to get everything nice and loosened up. Shake it out a little bit if you need to. And then we’re gonna stretch at each segment of the finger. So starting.
Off with the ones closest to your hand, try and keep those fingers straight, and just come in like this and then straight out. So your fingers might bend just a little bit, but that’s ok, but you’re really trying to get that joint moving. And just start off with maybe 10, just that continuous movement back and forth. After you go to that one, then move on to the next one. Where now you can curl those top fingers to get that bend in there. Almost like into a claw position. But curling in and coming back out. Again, just 10 to 15 of those. And then going to the end fingers. Now I have a really hard time doing this. Sometimes I have to hold on and maybe even do each one individually.
Now some people can kind of curl them all at the same time. But I do have some hand arthritis, so just holding right below that joint. Do maybe 2 bends one each one, and then alternate going back on each one. And then coming back up. Until you get 10. So 5 sets of 2 should be fine. Getting those nice and loosened up. Then the last one, starting off with all your fingers together like this, and then just fan them out, and come back in. So really just getting that movement in there. Now these are small joints, so you don’t have to do a whole lot. You don’t have to do a long time of the stretches and exercises, you can just do 2 3 minutes, 2 3 times a day. So fanning out and coming back in.
So those were your stretches and exercises for hand arthritis. So if you have any questions, leave them in the comments section, if you’d like to check out some other tutorials, go to AskJo And remember, be safe, have fun, and I hope you feel better soon.