What are Reumatoid Arthritis & Osteoarthritis?

Reumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis are both types of arthritis that effect your joints. The key difference between the two types of arthritis are that Reumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder and Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disorder. This means that the two conditions are very different in their treatment and diagnoses, however their symptoms remain relatively similar. People suffering from either condition may experience any of the following; stiff or painful joints, restricted range of motion in the joints and warmth or tenderness in or around the joint. Both conditions are more common in older adults.

I think I have osteoarthritis in my hand, what should I do?

There are many treatments available, but the most important thing is getting a careful assessment conducted by an orthopaedic consultant followed by an, individual tailor-made plan. At the Hand Specialist London we are experts in the treatment of arthritis and know that cases can differ widely in their localisation, severity and impact. Therefore our approach for dealing with these cases is always centred around your needs.

What can be done?

Options to treat Osteoarthritis include specialist physiotherapy, custom made splints and supports or even injections. If these aren’t successful there is a wide range of surgical options that can help you get out of pain and back the things you want to do.

Can Rheumatoid Arthritis be treated with surgery?

Yes, surgery is viable option for many cases. However this condition is primarily treated by rheumatologists. Surgery can be effective in any of the following cases:

  • Pain or function is severe
  • Joints have dislocated, worn out or remain inflamed despite maximum treatment with medicines
  • Tendons are badly inflamed or have ruptured

What should I do next?

Book an appointment at the private hand surgery in order to have a discussion. Decision making and timing of surgery are crucial for these conditions. The aim as always is to make a bespoke treatment plan for you.