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What is osteoarthritis of the wrist?

Osteoarthritis is the main form of arthritis and is known as the "wear and tear�� of a joint. The wrist is especially susceptible due to the tremendous amounts of pressure that is placed during everyday activities. Osteoarthritis causes damage to the cartilage, which results in stiffness and aching of the joints. Osteoarthritis can also follow a fracture or a bad sprain to the wrist.

What causes osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis can be caused by repetitive use of a particular joint in the body. Other causes may include weak cartilage and bone structure or a bad sprain or wrist fracture which damages the articular cartilage.

What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the wrist?

Symptoms of osteoarthritis may include:
  • Stiffness and pain in the wrist joint
  • Reduced range of movement
  • Your wrist may fill with fluid and feel tight, especially after using it.

Diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the wrist

A diagnosis of osteoarthritis can be made by a physiotherapist or doctor who will conduct a thorough subjective and objective assessment.

Physiotherapy for osteoarthritis of wrist

Physiotherapy treatment at Manchester Physio will reduce pain, help to maintain wrist and hand function and increase the muscle strength to provide stability to the wrist joint, so that you can get back to your daily tasks with confidence and success.

Mobilisation of the wrist by an experienced physiotherapistAbove: Mobilisation of the wrist by an experienced physiotherapist

Physiotherapy treatment at Manchester Physio may include:
  • Heat therapy to alleviate pain
  • Soft tissue massage to relieve stiffness and pain
  • Advice about wrist braces and supports that may help to reduce your pain during activity as it removes stresses from the wrist.
  • Range of movement and wrist strengthening exercises to protect the joint from shock and stress.
  • Advice about how to modify activities and avoid certain movements such as lifting and carrying heavy loads to provide some relief and increase independence
Your physiotherapist at Manchester Physio will initially assess your pain, range of movement, strength and function in order to develop a rehabilitation program tailored to you and your lifestyle. Short and long term goals will then be developed so that you get the most out of your treatment and reach your maximum physical potential.

If you would like more information about physiotherapy for osteoarthritis of the wrist, or to book an appointment please call 0161 883 0077.

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