Arthritis wears away at the cartilage of a joint, which is the protective material between bones. This can cause inflammation and irritation of the lining, which produces the fluid that helps protect and lubricate the joint. Arthritis of the hand in Louisiana affects the joints of the hands, often causing pain and stiffness.
That pain can worsen whenever you use the hand a lot of repetitive tasks. For example, typing on a computer keyboard or gripping utensils in the kitchen can cause discomfort. You may also lose strength in your hands. Weakness in your hands can make it difficult to perform even the simplest everyday tasks, such as opening jars.
Treating Arthritis of the Hand in Louisiana
There are many home treatment options you can use to reduce the pain and disability of arthritis of the hand in Louisiana. One easy and noninvasive way to keep the joints flexible, improve range of motion, and relieve arthritis pain is by doing hand exercises that can help strengthen the muscles that support the hand joints.
Exercise can increase the production of synovial fluid, which can also improve joint function. Following are some exercises that are beneficial for those suffering from hand arthritis.
Exercise #1: Make a fist: You can do this easy exercise anywhere and anytime your hand feels stiff. Start by holding your left hand out with all of your fingers straight. Then, slowly bend your hand into a fist, placing your thumb on the outside of your hand. Be gentle, don’t squeeze your hand. Open your hand back up until your fingers are straight once again. Do the exercise 10 times with the left hand and then repeat the whole sequence with the right hand.
Exercise #2: Finger bends: Start in the same position as in the last exercise, with your left hand held up straight. Bend your thumb down toward your palm. Hold it for a couple of seconds. Straighten your thumb back up. Then bend your index finger down toward your palm. Hold it for a couple of seconds. Then straighten it. Repeat with each finger on the left hand. Then repeat the entire sequence on the right hand.
Exercise #3: Thumb bend: First, hold your left hand out with all of your fingers straight. Then, bend your thumb inward toward your palm. Stretch for the bottom of your pinky finger with your thumb. If you can’t reach your pinky, don’t worry. Just stretch your thumb as far as you can. Hold the position for a second or two, and then return your thumb to the starting position. Repeat 10 times then repeat with your right hand.
Exercise #4: Make an ‘O’: Start with your left hand out and fingers straight. Then, curve all of your fingers inward until they touch. Your fingers should form the shape of an “O.” Hold this position for a few seconds. Then straighten your fingers again. Repeat this exercise a few times a day on each hand.
Exercise #5: Table bend: Place the pinky side edge of your left hand on a table, with your thumb pointed up. Holding your thumb in the same position, bend the other four fingers inward until your hand makes an “L” shape. Hold it for a couple of seconds, and then straighten your fingers to move them back into the starting position. Repeat 10 times, and then repeat on the right hand.
Exercise #6: Finger lift: Place your left-hand flat on a table, palm down. Starting with your thumb, lift each finger slowly off the table one at a time. Hold each finger for a second or two, and then lower it. Do the same exercise with every finger of the left hand and then repeat the entire sequence on the right hand.
Make these exercises part of your daily routine for best results. Talk to your doctor if these exercises become difficult for you to do. If you want relief from your arthritis of the hand in Louisiana – don’t hesitate – call our office today to schedule a consultation and let’s get you pain-free!