What is wrist arthritis?

When the small joints in your wrist are swollen, are painful and sensitive to touch, you are suffering from wrist arthritis. It is a condition where the cartilage between the wrist bones wear and tear causing direct rubbing of the bones, which results in sharp pains.

There are three types of the arthritis of the wrist: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis.

Osteoarthritis gradually occurs as the cartilage damages. On the other hand, rheumatoid arthritis causes the cells in the wrist to attack themselves whereas psoriasis arthritis results from an injury to the wrist.

Cause & Symptoms of Wrist Arthritis

Causes include:

  • Accidents cause degenerative arthritis

  • Abnormal metabolism, which leads to gout

  • Wrist arthritis can be inherited

  • Immune system dysfunction

Symptoms include:

  • Stiffness while flexing the wrist

  • Weakness

  • Swelling of the wrists

  • Limited wrist motions

  • Sound when the wrists are moved

  • Wrists become warm to touch

  • Cysts which are visible through dents and ridging of the affected finger

Treatments

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment

Wrist arthritis can be treated using prp. Utilizing the blood’s function of natural healing, a patient is injected with prp to the affected area. This will allow improvements in joint motion and gradual healing of the arthritis of the hand.