In today’s Brazos Valley Physicians Organization Journal of Medicine Report, Dr. Carolyn Berg discusses osteoarthritis.
"There are over a hundred types of arthritis. The most common is osteoarthritis and it affects about twenty million people in the US a year. It can occur at the small joints of the finger or at the wrist and it’s usually a wear and tear arthritis. People usually have pain in the fingers with swelling and stiffness.
"It can be treated first by your primary care physician who can treat it with non steroidal anti inflammatory medication such as Aleeve or Motrin. They can also prescribe wrist splints or therapy to help aid in symptoms.
"When it gets to the point where it’s affecting your daily activities, there are surgeries such as joint replacement for the wrist or the fingers. You can also have fusion of the small joints and that will give you a pain free stable base to work with."
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