If you have mild wrist pain or stiffness, one or more nonsurgical therapies might be all you need for relief. Your treatment plan largely depends on the type of arthritis you have.
Changing your routine could help you feel better. Your doctor may recommend avoiding or modifying the activities that trigger symptoms. If your job requires moving your wrist a lot, taking regular breaks could help reduce inflammation and minimize the pain you feel.
Your doctor may recommend that you wear a wrist splint for a certain number of hours each day or during certain activities. A splint takes the pressure off your wrist, easing inflammation.
Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to target pain or other symptoms. We’ll help you find what works for you. If your symptoms are due to rheumatoid arthritis or another autoimmune condition, your doctor may recommend a medication to help slow the disease progression.
If other medications don’t relieve your pain, your doctor may recommend a cortisone injection. This medication goes right into the affected joint and reduces pain by combatting inflammation. A cortisone injection may provide pain relief for several weeks or months, so you may need more than one injection.
Hand and wrist exercises help increase your range of motion, so you can do more with less pain. Our physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors (physiatrists) use the latest technologies and treatments in your care. Our team of highly trained physical and occupational therapists personalize a treatment plan to fit your challenges.