We make your hand fit for use againOur hands are a masterpiece of nature. They fulfil the most varied purposes, from gripping, to touching, to communicating. Pain in the finger joints or in the wrist can indicate joint wear (arthritis). This is often painful and significantly limits the functions of the hand.
At Schoen Clinic we have a comprehensive range of treatments for treating osteoarthritis in the hand or in the finger joints.
Our hand surgeons advise you individually about the most suitable treatment for you and how to sustainably prevent pain.
Causes & symptoms
What do we understand by wrist osteoarthritis?If the cartilage in your wrist becomes worn, this is known as wrist osteoarthritis. Due to the loss of the cartilage your joint bones between the radius or the ulna and the carpal bone rub painfully against one another. The “shock absorber” that exists in the healthy joint has become worn down or is even completely gone.
Causes: How does osteoarthritis in the hand or wrist occur?In many cases, the trigger of cartilage damage is a previous injury, such as a broken bone or a torn ligament between your carpal bones. It can happen that this is undiagnosed for a long time and thus, over the years, osteoarthritis in the wrist can develop. Diseases such as rheumatism are also possible causes of cartilage damage.
Joint wear of your thumb cartilage joint, which is known as rhizarthrosis (trapeziometacarpal osteoarthritis), occurs when the tension of the stabilising ligaments decreases over the course of the years. Your thumb saddle joint is, in principle, a ball joint: It enables movement on all levels: You use it during many everyday tasks, such as operating keyboards or holding a drink bottle.
Osteoarthritis can also occur in the small finger joints. The middle and end joints of the fingers are frequently affected by this; more rarely, the base joints of the fingers are affected.