How Do I Get Rid Of Arthritis In My Hands?

How Do I Get Rid Of Arthritis In My Hands?

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Unfortunately, there’s not really a way to “get rid of arthritis” in your hands. There is no cure for most forms of arthritis that affect the hands and fingers once you have it.

But there are three basic categories of treatment available for those who want to reduce arthritis pain and discomfort in their hands. These include medications, physical therapy treatments and home remedies.

The most effective medications your doctor will recommend or prescribe are the following.

* Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium.

* Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

* Oral steroids or steroid shots to reduce inflammation

* Cortisone injections.

In the physical therapy category, there are certain hand exercises that may be effective to varying degrees. Repeating these exercises helps keep the supportive ligaments and tendons in the hands flexible and may also help reduce pain in the hands.

* Make a loose fist, then straighten the fingers fully. Repeat this several times with each hand.

* Slowly and carefully bend each finger individual finger (this may feel awkward with some fingers), then slowly straighten them out again.

* Place your the hand on a flat surface with fingers extended then slowly lift each finger off the surface. Hold the finger at the highest point it can reach for 3 to 5 seconds.

Physical therapists who specialize in hands may be able to recommend other exercises as well.

Various applications of heat and cold can also serve as home remedies to reduce the discomfort of arthritis in the hands and fingers.

* Place ice packs on painful or swollen joints for 10 minute intervals. This reduces swelling and the pain that accompanies it.

* Placing your hands in a tub of warm water can relieve discomfort.

Other home remedies include wearing stiff protective braces, which look like fingerless gloves. This is known as “splinting,’ and it helps reduce pain by holding joints in place.

Certain hand creams that use capsaicin can help relieve minor pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis. You can make your own capsaicin cream at home by adding 2 to 3 sprinkles of cayenne pepper to 2 to 3 teaspoons of olive oil.

But, be sure to avoid putting capsacin preparations on broken or cut skin, and don’t touch your eyes or mouth after applying it.

The purpose of this video has been to provide quick, basic answers to the question, “How do I get rid of arthritis pain in my hands.”

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But remember, you should rely only on a doctor to diagnose any symptoms you may be experiencing.

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