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How can arthritic wrist pain be treated?

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Posted on Mon, 8 Oct 2018
Question: Any suggestions on how to best treat my ailing, painful arthritic wrists. I currently wear Phiten wrist bands and other wrist support devices. I prefer not to take prescription medications. I work requires a fair amount of keyboard data entry.
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:

exercises, compresses, reduce aggravating activity,

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

As you would have realized, NSAIDS are commonly prescribed for arthritic pain but if you are not comfortable with these, that's fine.

By wearing the braces and different support aids you are already doing some form of treatment though it has been shown that overuse of splints of the wrist can cause stiffness and eventual weakness.

Other aspects of treatment of arthritis, in general, involve--(1) if possible reducing activity that would aggravate the injury to and pain in the wrist.

This may be difficult with your job that requires the use of the computer but as much as possible otherwise, reduce aggravating movements.

In some persons, the table or chair may need to be adjusted so that the wrists are not in an awkward position

(2)exercise- simple wrist and hand exercises such as wall crawl, knuckle bend, fists and finger touches may help.
A physiotherapist assessment would help in this area

(3)hot or cold compresses may also be helpful as well

These are the main non-medication treatment options

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Michelle Gibson James, General & Family Physician
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How can arthritic wrist pain be treated?

Brief Answer: exercises, compresses, reduce aggravating activity, Detailed Answer: Hi, As you would have realized, NSAIDS are commonly prescribed for arthritic pain but if you are not comfortable with these, that's fine. By wearing the braces and different support aids you are already doing some form of treatment though it has been shown that overuse of splints of the wrist can cause stiffness and eventual weakness. Other aspects of treatment of arthritis, in general, involve--(1) if possible reducing activity that would aggravate the injury to and pain in the wrist. This may be difficult with your job that requires the use of the computer but as much as possible otherwise, reduce aggravating movements. In some persons, the table or chair may need to be adjusted so that the wrists are not in an awkward position (2)exercise- simple wrist and hand exercises such as wall crawl, knuckle bend, fists and finger touches may help. A physiotherapist assessment would help in this area (3)hot or cold compresses may also be helpful as well These are the main non-medication treatment options Hope I have answered your query. Take care Regards, Dr Michelle Gibson James, General & Family Physician