Hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder arthritis treatments

At HSA, we offer comprehensive treatments for arthritis affecting the hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders. Our skilled and experienced physicians specialize in advanced techniques to manage arthritis, allowing our patients to regain mobility, reduce pain, and improve their overall quality of life.

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Types of arthritis

  • Osteoarthritis: The most common type of arthritis, often occurring in older individuals, causes the cartilage to wear away over time. This results in joint pain and limited range of motion. In severe cases, the cartilage may be completely worn away, leading to bone-on-bone contact and the development of bone spurs.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: An autoimmune disease, most often affecting women of childbearing age, which causes inflammation of the lining (synovium) of joints. This can lead to pain, stiffness, swelling, and joint deformities.
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis: Develops after an injury to the hand, wrist, or elbow and may manifest years after the initial trauma, such as a fracture, severe sprain, or ligament tear.
  • Psoriatic Arthritis: Associated with psoriasis, a scaling skin disorder, this type affects the joints at the ends of the fingers and toes, potentially causing changes in the nails and back pain if the spine is involved.

Treatment options

While there is no cure for arthritis, we offer various treatments to manage the condition, reduce pain, and improve mobility.

  • Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): These medications help reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
  • Splinting: Custom splints support and protect the affected joints, allowing for improved healing.
  • Injections: Corticosteroids or glucocorticoids may be injected into inflamed joints to alleviate pain and inflammation, especially when NSAIDs are not fully effective.
  • Surgery: Surgery may be recommended in severe cases where conservative treatments are insufficient. 
  • Joint replacement: Arthroplasty is a specialized surgical procedure to reconstruct and restore function in damaged or diseased joints. This procedure aims to preserve and improve joint motion, reduce pain, and enhance overall joint function. 
  • Fusion (Arthrodesis): Fusion, or arthrodesis, is a surgical procedure used to join two bones permanently. This technique stabilizes and treats ongoing pain in a damaged joint that other treatments cannot manage.
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Arthritis treatment from a board-certified specialist at HSA

Our team of surgeons at HSA is highly skilled, with each specialist bringing a wealth of expertise in orthopedic surgery. All our surgeons are board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a testament to their exceptional knowledge and training. In addition to their board certification, our surgeons have undergone rigorous sub-specialization training in the upper extremity and microvascular surgery, allowing them to focus solely on all aspects of hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder conditions.

This specialized training ensures that our patients receive the highest level of care, with a deep understanding of the intricacies and complexities of these areas when treating the painful or debilitating symptoms of arthritis. Our surgeons have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and are recognized leaders in orthopedics and microvascular surgery. Their dedication to staying at the forefront of advancements in medical technology and surgical techniques allows them to deliver the most advanced and effective treatments.

Why choose us?

Our physicians at HSA have extensive qualifications and expertise in treating arthritis and its associated conditions. We strive to provide personalized care to every patient, tailoring treatment plans to suit individual needs and goals. With a commitment to employing advanced surgical techniques and specialized treatments, we aim to help our patients regain function and improve their quality of life.

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of arthritis, including joint pain, swelling, or reduced mobility, we encourage you to schedule a same-day appointment at HSA. Let our experienced team guide you toward better joint health and enhanced well-being.

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