Arthritis can have a significant impact on your life, especially if it’s affecting your hands and/or wrists. Arthritis is a disease of various tissues inside of the joints. It’s fairly common for arthritis to affect the hands and/or wrists. This has the potential to cause pain, reduced range of motion, joint deformity, and loss of function.

Just because this type of arthritis is common, doesn’t mean the disease is easy to manage. According to Everyday Health, nearly 50 million Americans have arthritis, with about 3 million of them reporting difficulty lifting or carrying anything weighing 10 pounds or more. This can make your seemingly simple, everyday activities feel painful and become difficult to take care of.

If you experience any of these symptoms, you may be experiencing arthritis:

• Pain in some or all of the joints in your hand/wrist.
• Growth of bony knobs on finger joints.
• Redness or warmth on skin surrounding the joints.
• Stiffness, weakness, and/or swelling.
• Limited range of motion of joints.

It’s important to keep in mind that not everyone experiences the same symptoms when dealing with arthritis. These symptoms can give you a guideline of what you may experience, but everyone experiences it differently. If you’re experiencing these symptoms or some variation of them, it’s time to see a specialist who can help you manage this.

Dr. Peterson is a specialist when it comes to wrist and hand pain. When you work with Dr. Peterson and the team, we’ll ensure we find ways to help you manage arthritis successfully. Our goal is to get you back to your everyday activities, without pain. Whether your treatment plan includes physical therapy, surgery, pain medication, hot and cold therapy, or one of the other various treatment options, we will find the best fit for you to give you the highest quality of life possible. Don’t let the pain of arthritis stop you from living your best life! Give us a call today to schedule your appointment with us at 435-787-2000.