What stretches can I do to relieve arthritis in my hands?
Start with your hand in a neutral, relaxed position with your fingers and thumb straightened. Next, bend your thumb across your palm, touching the tip of your thumb to the bottom of your small finger. If you can’t make your thumb touch, just stretch as far as you can. Return your thumb to the starting position.
How do you heal arthritis in your hands?
- Painkiller pills. Acetaminophen and NSAIDs like ibuprofen can ease pain.
- Immobilizing devices. A splint, brace, or sleeve can hold your hand in a stable position to lessen pain.
- Hand therapy.
- Cortisone shots.
What triggers hand arthritis?
The exact cause of hand arthritis is unknown. The condition usually develops due to wear and tear of the joint, which occurs gradually over time. There’s also a genetic component to hand OA. Family members may develop OA at a younger age than the general population, and may have more severe disease.