The Hand Center welcomes Jill Putnam, MD to the practice! Dr. Putnam will start September 1st.

Arthritis Specialists

The Hand Center

Hand & Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Glastonbury, CT, Hartford, CT, Tolland, CT & Bloomfield, CT

If painful arthritis is making it difficult for you to work with your hands, you can find comprehensive solutions at The Hand Center. With four offices in Hartford, Glastonbury, Tolland, and Bloomfield, Connecticut, the team of physicians provides both conservative and surgical treatments to ease the pain of arthritis and prevent long-term joint deformities. If home care isn’t enough to treat your arthritis pain, schedule an evaluation at The Hand Center office nearest you by phone or by using the online booking system.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a chronic condition that causes inflammation in your joints, the two ends where bones join together. In a healthy joint, the bones move smoothly with the help of cartilage, but when you develop arthritis, the cartilage wears out, causing bones to rub against one another.

You can develop arthritis is any of your joints, but the condition most commonly affects the joints of your:

  • Fingers
  • Hand
  • Wrist
  • Elbow

Of the more than 100 types of arthritis, the two most common are:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a wear-and-tear disease that gets worse as you age and causes the cartilage to wear down. Damaged cartilage can no longer protect your joints and allow the bones to glide smoothly against each other.

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory condition that develops due to an underlying autoimmune disorder. Dysfunction in your immune system causes your body to mistakenly attack your healthy joints, leading to constant inflammation and pain and limiting your range of motion.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

In many cases, the Hand Center medical team can determine if arthritis is the root cause of your joint pain and mobility issues by reviewing your personal and family medical history and doing a physical exam. During the exam, they assess the movement in your joints and identify areas of redness and swelling.

To evaluate existing damage in the joints due to arthritis, The Hand Center physicians can imaging tests like X-rays.

Based on the severity and the type of arthritis you have, your doctor creates a treatment plan that focuses on relieving pain and preventing your arthritis from getting worse.

How is arthritis treated?

Your provider at The Hand Center bases your treatment plan on your specific needs. Initially, they will usually recommend medications to reduce inflammation and manage your pain.

For many, hand therapy can increase the flexibility in the affected joint and ease their pain and inflammation.

When you’ve suffered severe joint damage like a deformity due to arthritis, The Hand Center surgical team can use the latest techniques to remove the damaged cartilage in your joints and provide long-term relief from pain. In some cases, surgery to replace the entire joint is necessary to restore the joint’s function.

To find out more about available treatments for arthritis, call The Hand Center or request an appointment online today.