Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hand Pain Treatments with Cold Laser
Hand Pain Treatment
Hand pain can be caused by acute trauma, repetitive use syndromes (such as in carpal tunnel syndrome), tendinitis, sprains, strains, hand osteoarthritis, or joint swelling. When trying to determine the cause of hand pain, as well as how to treat it, it is important to identify the characteristics of the pain and the possible causes.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a well known hand condition that causes numbness and tingling. It is most commonly associated with poor wrist positioning during repetitive hand use. However, it is only one cause of hand pain and is not nearly as common as other ailments.
Tendinitis and tendon sprains are injuries to the tendons in the hand from overuse. These small tendons run across the wrist and hand and can become very painful and inflamed when aggravated. The pain usually worsens with increased activity but heals when given rest.
Hand osteoarthritis can occur in the joints. It becomes more painful with extended use, but usually feels better with rest. Osteoarthritis is the type of arthritis associated with “wear and tear,” and usually occurs in older and active individuals. It can also develop after a traumatic injury to the joint that leads to early degeneration of the cartilage.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a different kind of arthritis. It is caused by degeneration within the joint complex from a chronic inflammatory process. The immune system attacks the joints, leading to damage in multiple joints, especially in the hand. This becomes a chronic condition and treatments focus largely on controlling the pain and inflammation that are symptomatic of the condition.
Lupus is an auto-immune disease involving the organs and joints. Skin rash and arthritis symptoms are common with lupus. While there is no cure for lupus, the symptoms are often treated and controlled, allowing the sufferer to lead a normal life.
Fractures to the wrist or hand usually occurs with falls or trauma. Small, stable fractures may only require bracing and rest. More extensive fractures may require surgery. X-rays, CT, and MRIs are utilized to evaluate fractures and tendon ruptures.
Tendon Ruptures usually occur with trauma and impact that suddenly bend a finger. The tendon attaches to the bone to create joint movement. However, in some cases the tendon can be ripped from the bone. These injuries are often treated simply by resting the finger and using a splint, but can need surgery if serious or if scar tissue builds up and impedes finger movement.
Therapy for Treating Hand Pain:
Patients suffering from hand pain can obtain relief through hand therapy. Traditional treatments involve appropriate exercises and stretches. Ultrasound therapy can also be effective in decreasing joint and tendon inflammation. Ice therapy is one of the most important treatments for decreasing pain and inflammation, and is often the first therapy attempted.
Cold laser therapy is an excellent treatment for hand pain. The laser treatments are a new and excellent treatment for decreasing pain and inflammation by limiting inflammatory molecules and modulating pain nerves. Laser treatments help cellular repair and healing.
All of these treatments can help reduce and manage your wrist and hand pain. If you struggle with any of these symptoms, please contact our office and we will create a treatment program specifically for your condition.