Treatment for Arthritis of the Hands

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Arthritis of the hands can be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs and acupuncture. Learn about arthritis treatments with the help of a doctor in this free video.

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I am Dr. Dicie Nathani with Holistic Vitality Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. I would like to share some information about treatment for arthritis of the hands. Generally arthritis of the hands is related to overuse. There is a potentially a traumatic injury if you have a fall and you use your hand to support yourself, that can be, that can result in inflammation of the joint but it can also be simply working on a computer all day and you're using the tendons and joints repetitively. The positioning is not appropriate and so you have pain in the wrist or small joints of the hand. Rheumatoid arthritis also affects the small joints so it's important to distinguish the difference between the two. You'll notice excessive inflammation of the small joints versus osteoarthritis. It may be one particular joint that's affected and as far as treatment we like to focus on the inflammation. Sometimes it's necessary to immobilize the hand for some time to allow the joints to become less inflamed and then we can use several anti-inflammatory modalities with physical therapy, acupuncture is a very useful treatment to alleviate pain in the hands and therapeutic taping. That was some basic information but find a practitioner that will offer you preventative health care by addressing your biomechanics, your lifestyle and diet.

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