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How You Can Actively Avoid Arthritis

Do struggle with simple tasks, like buttoning shirts, texting on your phone, typing on a computer, braiding your grandchild’s hair? If you have hand pain and wrist pain caused by arthritis, you’re not alone. According to the Arthritis Foundation, over 50 million Americans are living with this condition. This makes arthritis the leading cause of disability!

If you’re one of the 1 in 5 adults living with small joint arthritis and have pain and stiffness in your fingers, hands, and wrist, the team at Florida Hand Center would be honored to help you minimize your pain and improve your function. We offer a range of hand treatment options for patients living in the Port Charlotte and Fort Myers areas.

In addition to wrist and hand treatment, we also believe that preventing arthritis pain is a valuable endeavor, especially as people grow older. Let’s talk about some of the most effective ways you and your loved ones can avoid the stiffness, swelling, pain, and dysfunction associated with this common condition.

4 Ways to Avoid Wrist Pain and Hand Pain Associated With Small Joint Arthritis

Wrist pain and hand pain from arthritis can be extremely debilitating. Here are a few things you can do to avoid it: 

1. Perform Daily Exercises

Our Florida hand doctor team can teach you some simple exercises that can keep your hand muscles, tendons, and joints strong and flexible. 

2. Use Good Ergonomics

The cumulative stress of poor posture while typing or using smartphones can lead to pain and joint damage over time. Avoid typing with bent wrists and be sure to give your hands a break while performing a lot of fine motor tasks. 

3. Maintain a Healthy Diet

The hallmark issue of arthritis (of which there are over 100 different kinds) is joint inflammation. Eating nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory foods like fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats can help minimize inflammation and improve joint health.

Likewise, avoiding foods which are known to promote inflammation (including sugar, gluten, alcohol, and refined carbohydrates) can also promote joint health. 

4. Seek Treatment if You Injure Your Hand

One of the most significant risk factors for arthritis is a history of joint injury. If you ever hurt your hand or sustain acute or chronic damage such as tendonitis or a hand fracture, we recommend seeking restorative care right away to control inflammation and accelerate healing and recovery. 

Are You Concerned About Your Hand Health? 

Contact Florida Hand Center now at (941) 257-3480 to schedule an appointment and learn about the range of hand treatment options we can offer you or your loved one living with arthritis.