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Treatment Rheumatoid Arthritis Hand
If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis chances are you have it throughout the joints in your body and you don’t need me to tell you how painful it can be. I believe that I can help you with a natural remedy that gets to work on the inflammation that causes the stiffness, swelling and pain.
Arthritis comes in many forms, I believe that rheumatoid arthritis is one of the tougher ones to treat, rheumatoid arthritis is the most common arthritis found in the hand in addition to osteoarthritis and post trauma arthritis.
Conventional treatments include drugs, hot & cold treatments, injection, exercises, I believe that nature can help with the primary cause of the condition, that is why I recommend MegaFood Natural Arthritis product as an alternative treatment Rheumatoid Arthritis Hand.
Rheumatoid arthritis influences the cells that act as a lubricant for the joints or synovial tissue. It can affect every joint in the body is systemic and is usually found on either side of the body. The synovium (joint lining) gets inflamed it starts to swell causing erosion of the cartilage and the bone. The tissue becomes swollen causing the surrounding ligaments to stretch, these ligaments connect the bones with each other they go out of shape and become unstable.
The inflammation may spread to the tendons, these tie the bones to the muscles the inflammation causes the tendons to unravel and eventually break.
Where does RA of the hand occur?
RA of the hand is most commonly found in the wrist and the knuckle of the fingers known as the MP and PIP joints.
Signs & Symptoms of RA Hand
The most common symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis Hand are stiffness, swelling and pain, it’s not uncommon for some of the joints to be more inflamed and swollen than others. The fingers will bend a little at the top and look a bit like a sausage, there are a range of other symptoms and they include:
- A creaking sound when the fingers move
- Inflammation and swelling in the tendon that bends the fingers
- Clicking in the fingers as it bends
- Numbness and tingling in the fingers
- Bent middle finger
- Bent finger top
RA of the hand DIAGNOSIS
If you have been diagnosed already then you know that your doctor will almost straightaway be able to diagnose Rheumatoid Arthritis of the hand by examining the appearance of your hands and fingers. He will ask you what symptoms you have been experiencing and whether you have the same symptoms in other joints, your doctor will try to understand the ramification of RA for your activities and daily life.
Usually you will need to go to hospital for a hand X-Ray to determine whether you have narrowing of the joint space or wear and tear of the bone. You may also need to have some blood tests done to endorse the RA diagnosis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Hand treatment
You may be referred to a Rheumatologist who would prescribe medication as the primary treatment, if the condition is more active a course of steroid injections may be used, these are helpful however they are not a long term solution, surgery is uncommon in RA however on occasions it may be used to gain relief from pain or to help improve the functionality of the finger joints.
The Natural Alternative Rheumatoid Arthritis Hand
Turmeric the herb has been used for centuries particularly in China as a support for inflammation, digestion and the liver. MegaFood have looked at extensive research on curcumin and its undoubted ability to help with inflammation, MegaFood have blended herbs, spices and fruits phytonutrients together, combined they work synergistically to promote a healthy response to inflammation.
Vitamin C FOODSTATE
Vitamin C is a vital ingredient for our bodies, it provides collagen formation, it heals injuries, it maintains the essential functioning of the immune system as well as keeping bones, teeth and cartilage healthy. Foodstate Vit C when taken in whole oranges provides this much needed antioxidant nutrient to keep cellular tissue strong and protected.
Holy basil extract
Known as ocimum sanctum holy basil extract is a herb used by the Hindu religion they believe that the herb acts as nourishment for the body and helps you to live longer. Just like turmeric holy basil extract acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.
Farm fresh fruit blend
FoodState farm fresh super fruit blend was formulated for a healthy inflammatory response it is a combination of rich antioxidant foods working together to fight against oxidative stress.
After rheumatoid arthritis hand, thumb arthritis is the most common form especially in women, it is also known as basil joint arthritis. Genetics play a part in the development of thumb arthritis or any trauma to the thumb can affect it later in life causing arthritis. The base of the thumb can also be affected by Lupus inflammatory arthritis and lead to joint deterioration.
Signs & Symptoms
Daily activities that involve using your thumb can result in pain at the thumb base noticeably in the joint where the arthritis is, pain can be experienced when picking up an item or squeezing something. One sign of thumb arthritis is stiffness and swelling at the base of the thumb. As the condition progresses motion may be affected as well as an increase in swelling and weakness. The thumb may become enlarged as a result of the development of bone spurs.
The condition is relatively easy to diagnose, if your daily activities are affected you may need to see a hand surgeon who will perform a physical examination of the thumb affected by arthritis, he will move the thumb in different directions to see if there is a grinding sound.
Upon diagnosis you may need an x-ray to confirm.
Hand arthritis treatment
Depending on how severe the symptoms are a range of treatments will be considered including:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Heat or ice
- Bracing on the thumb
- Ergonomic adjustment
- Steroid injection
- Thumb exercises
- Occupational therapy
There are no compelling studies to support using medications to stop the progression of thumb arthritis. As with all conditions the progression will vary from one person to another person. The condition will progress over time; however, the symptoms don’t always worsen, in fact some people have reported a reduction in symptoms
When all else hasn’t worked and the symptoms persist, surgery may be considered it involves taking all or part of the trapezius a bone in the thumb joint and cushioning the thumb joint. Another method involves fusing the two bones together recovery takes somewhere between eight weeks and twelve months.