Wrist Arthritis: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment By Wrist & Thumb Braces

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What is Wrist Arthritis?

When pain or inflammation occurs in the wrist joint, it refers to Wrist Arthritis. The wrist is made of many small bones that make up your wrist, which connects your hand and forearm.

The wrist joint performs the function of bending, straightening, and rotating your hand. Wrist Arthritis causes painful swelling and inflammation in this wrist joint area and makes wrist movement difficult and painful.

In Wrist Arthritis, inflammation or swelling can occur in different areas of the wrist joint. The different kind of Arthritis that affects the wrist are:

  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis 
  • Post-traumatic Arthritis 
  • Gout
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
What is Wrist Arthritis?
What is Wrist Arthritis?

What Causes and what does Arthritis in the Wrist Feel Like?

Wrist Arthritis generally occurs in the elderly or older age. However, Arthritis can develop in young people as well. Common causes of wrist arthritis are: 

  • The most common cause is wrist instability. It usually occurs after injuries to the small ligaments and bones in the wrist. When injured, their regular movement is affected- leading to the wearing of wrist joint cartilage.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis is said to be the most common cause of wrist arthritis. This is a systemic disease that affects the whole body. The associated inflammation of joints can become so bad that it destroys the normal bone and cartilage.
  • Post-traumatic Arthritis is yet another cause of wrist arthritis. It occurs due to overuse or following an injury to the wrist joint cartilage. It usually occurs when a wrist fracture extends into the joint surface; the cartilage can become uneven and prone to wrist arthritis.

Arthritis in the wrist can be felt in different ways. Some of the symptoms or ways Arthritis feels in the wrist are:

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness 
  • Joint pain and swelling around joints
  • Redness
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty in gripping objects or things
  • Cracking, grinding, or clicking sounds when you move your wrist
  • Less or reduced range of motion such as problems in combing hair, washing or brushing teeth.
What Causes and what does Arthritis in the Wrist Feel Like?
What Causes and what does Arthritis in the Wrist Feel Like?

How to Treat Arthritis in Wrist / Treatment?

There are both treatment options for Wrist Arthritis-surgical and non-surgical.

Non-Surgical Treatment 

  • Splints or braces.
  • Different hand and wrist exercises- are recommended by physiotherapists or health care providers.
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs and pain-relieving medical creams.
  • Resting or limiting the activities or movement that can worsen the pain.
  • Hot and cold compresses.

Surgical Treatment

If the wrist pain worsens or severe symptoms interfere with your routine life, surgical treatment is the best.

  • Denervation surgery-this surgery disconnects the nerves within the wrist joint, which releases pain.
  • Proximal row corpectomy- this surgical treatment removes some carpal bones in the wrist, giving the bones space to move without friction.
  • Wrist arthroplasty/ Joint replacement- in this treatment, the damaged bones are replaced with artificial implants.
  • Fusion surgery-this treatment joins wrist bones to prevent any friction and rubbing.


What is the Best WRIST & THUMB Brace for Wrist Arthritis?

There are many high-quality WRIST & THUMB braces available for Wrist Arthritis. In addition, some well-known companies are selling the reliable and best braces for Wrist Arthritis.

WorldBrace has produced high-quality wrist, thumb, and knee braces for over 20 years. We take pride in being the best and most trusted wrist brace supplier in China.

We offer a huge variety of wrist braces catering to wrist problems, including, Thumb and Wrist brace, a neoprene wrist brace, a wrist brace for tendonitis, and a copper wrist brace. We also deal in custom-made wrist braces.

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Yes, you can. Arthritis in the wrist mostly develops when you get old. Wrist Arthritis is said to be the result of many years of wear on the wrist.

Following are the most common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in the wrist:

Pain or discomfort in the wrist, weight loss, Fatigue, a low-grade fever, and muscle weakness.



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