Most forms of osteoarthritis are prescribed with painkillers, exercise, splints, or injections. Taking painkillers (also known as non-steroidal anti inflammatories) is the most common hand osteoarthritis treatment. When painkillers stop working, or don’t work at all, cortisone injections are sometimes recommended to temporarily ease pain. While painkillers and injections can help subside discomfort, they do not help mobility. However, specific exercises can help to restore some mobility and can sometimes help temporarily relieve pain. Unfortunately, these options all aim to treat the symptoms and not the root cause.
As an alternative hand osteoarthritis treatment, Cold Laser Therapy targets the source of the problem which in turn decreases pain and restores mobility. The process of cartilage degeneration itself is not what’s causing discomfort; instead it is the inflammation and internal scar tissue buildup associated with hand osteoarthritis. Therefore, by delivering light energy to the issues around the affected joints, Cold Laser Therapy decreases inflammation and breaks up internal scar tissue.
Promotes the natural cartilage growth process by increasing the production of cellular energy (ATP).
Accelerates Bone Repair:
Stimulates the bone cells to replicate and produce new healthy bone tissue.
Speeds up the body's natural inflammation phase and induces the repair phase of healing.
Stimulates Blood Flow:
Increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients required for healing of the affected cells.
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- Limited range of motion of the fingers and/or thumb
- Stiffness, may be worse in the morning or after periods of rest
- May be affected by weather changes
- Enlarged and/or swollen joints of the finger, or base of the thumb
- Bumps near the joints of the end, middle, and base of the finger
- Difficulty with tasks that involve gripping objects (such as opening jars or turning door knobs)
- Constant aching pain in the joints of the fingers
Hand osteoarthritis most commonly refers to osteoarthritis in the joints of the fingers. Hand Osteoarthritis can be extremely frustrating as the pain and loss of mobility can affect so many daily activities.
Many people who are diagnosed with hand osteoarthritis feel pain in the base of their finger, the middle joint (or knuckle), or the joint closest to the finger nail. Although some individuals only notice minor swelling associated with the osteoarthritis, others can visually see deformities developing in their hands.
Hand osteoarthritis can be genetic, however, it is often caused by a combination of profession and age. It’s common for individuals to develop hand osteoarthritis after many years of partaking in repetitive hand movements. This usually is due to a profession that requires extensive hand use (such as construction or typing), but can also develop from hobbies. For example, years of painting, sculpting, or even gardening, can have a similar effect on the joints and can lead to hand osteoarthritis.