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The wrist is a very intricate and complex joint that we use often — and when it’s afflicted with arthritis, it can make even the smallest tasks difficult, and this can greatly impact your daily life. If you’re suffering from wrist arthritis, our team of hand specialists can help.

What is wrist arthritis?

The wrist is comprised of many small joints that are protected by cartilage that coats the joint surfaces, making it easy for the joints to glide harmoniously over one other during movement. However, arthritis causes a gradual loss of this cartilage, and when the joints move and the cartilage is breaking down, the bones rub against each other. Not only is this painful; it also causes irreversible joint damage. The main types of arthritis that afflict the wrists are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis.

Symptoms of wrist arthritis

  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Weakness
  • Redness
  • Throbbing
  • Joint pain and tenderness
  • Swelling around joints
  • Difficulty gripping objects
  • Limited range of motion
  • Grinding, cracking, or popping sound when wrist moves

How is wrist arthritis treated?

With appropriate treatment administered by a professional hand surgeon, many patients are able to manage their wrist arthritis symptoms. Non-surgical options include steroid or cortisone injections, disease-modifying anti-rheumatic medication, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, anti-inflammatory gel, exercises and physical therapy, and changing your movement habits. If these treatments do not help the arthritis improve and it continues to impact your life, surgery may be required. There are several techniques for addressing wrist arthritis.

Finding an experienced specialist

Treatments and surgery of the wrist should only be performed by a qualified hand surgeon who has been trained to understand the complexities of the ligaments, tendons, muscles, bones, nerves, skin, joints, and blood vessels of these areas, and who has plenty of experience. At Regency Specialties, we are extremely proud to have such surgeons in our practice.  

Why choose Regency Specialties?

Regency Specialties includes an outstanding team of wrist and hand surgeons. Our goal is to deliver the highest level of care and availability with the top specialists in Arizona. As a patient-centric practice that values each and every individual we see, we promise the very best service and results. We keep your safety and wellbeing in mind at all times, and you will feel completely welcome from the moment you enter our door to your very last follow-up appointment. To learn more or schedule a consultation, please call 623-243-9077 or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you.

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