Guide to Managing a Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare Up
Whether you are newly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or have been diagnosed for years, a flare-up can catch you off guard and can be frustrating. You could be going along with your daily life with your anti-inflammatory diet, good lifestyle habits, medication adherence, and still have a flare up. Flare ups, also known as […]
Crocheting: How to Prevent Hand and Wrist Pain 🧶
If you have been crafting or crocheting for any period of time you may notice your hands, thumb, or wrist begin to get sore or achy after use. The repetitive movements especially done in an awkward hand or wrist position can put pressure through the joints and stress the joints. Crocheting can be a fun […]
Is Ice Good for Arthritis Pain?
So is ice good for arthritis? The short answer is yes, it can be! How Ice Works on the Body Cold constricts or makes the blood vessels smaller in the body. The smaller blood vessels lead to less overall blood flow in a given area of the body that helps reduce swelling and inflammation. If […]
6 Exercises to Reduce Finger Stiffness
Finger stiffness is a common symptom after an injury or with arthritis. Finger stiffness can occur in the morning or after a period of inactivity. With rheumatoid arthritis, finger stiffness usually starts in the morning and persists for a few hours. With osteoarthritis, finger stiffness most often occurs after periods of inactivity or even when […]
7 Wrist Exercises for Arthritis
Arthritis causes inflammation in the joint that increases stiffness and joint pain. The wrist joint is a complex joint made up of two bones in the forearm and 8 small carpal bones in the hand. These junctions have different articular spaces where the bones glide along each other for movement. In between the bones there […]
Surgery for Thumb Arthritis: What are the Options?
Jump to: Arthrodesis (Fusion) Ligament Reconstruction and Tendon Interposition (LRTI) Total Joint Arthroplasty Trapeziectomy What is thumb arthritis? Our thumbs are used in almost every single daily task. In fact, without our thumbs we would lose over 40% of our hand function. Imagine trying to grasp a mug, open a door handle, use your cellphone, […]
What is the Best Thumb Support for My Arthritis?
Thumb arthritis is very common and affects roughly 30-50% of all people over the age of 50. Wearing a support on the thumb can help to reduce pressure through the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint, reduce pain, and allow you to continue to do the tasks that are important to you. When searching for the right thumb […]
Hand Osteoarthritis: What are the Symptoms? What are the Treatments?
Osteoarthritis in the hand can be a real pain! This disease will affect about half of all women and about a quarter of all men in their lifetime before they’re 85 years of age. We use our hands for nearly every activity we do every day so it is crucial that we understand the symptoms […]
Hand Arthritis Keeping You From Exercising? Try These 4 Modifications
Do you have hand or wrist pain that makes it difficult to bear weight through your hands during exercise? Sometimes with arthritis, putting weight through the palm of the hand in positions like downward dog, planks, and pushups can be pretty irritating. Oftentimes, people with arthritis will hold off on exercise with fear of damaging […]
5 Simple Exercises for Shoulder Osteoarthritis
Arthritis can affect any joint in the body including the shoulder joint. If you have shoulder arthritis, one of the best things you can do is exercise. These simple exercises for shoulder arthritis, help to keep the shoulder joint moving and prevent stiffness in the joint. 1. Shoulder Pendulum Key Benefit: Maintain Shoulder Range of […]