Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis in Hands: There are several treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in the hands, including:
- Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), and biologic agents may be prescribed to help relieve pain and inflammation, slow the progression of the disease, and prevent joint damage.
- Physical therapy: Occupational or physical therapy may be recommended to help improve hand function and range of motion, reduce pain, and prevent further joint damage. Therapists may also teach hand-strengthening exercises and provide hand splints or braces to support the hand and prevent deformities.
- Lifestyle changes: Maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, and avoiding smoking can help improve overall health and reduce inflammation.
- Surgery: In severe cases where hand deformities or joint damage are causing significant pain or loss of function, surgery may be recommended. Procedures may include joint replacement or reconstruction, tendon repair, or synovectomy (removal of the synovial tissue).
- Alternative therapies: Some people may find relief from RA symptoms through alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, massage, or chiropractic care. However, it is important to discuss these options with a healthcare provider and ensure that they are safe and effective.
Treatment plans for RA in the hands may vary depending on the severity of the disease, individual health factors, and personal preferences. It is important to work closely with a healthcare provider or a licensed occupational therapist to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and goals.