The occurrence and diagnosis of chronic hand pain, joint inflammation of the hand and wrist areas are growing health concerns in young professionals. Chronic pain is defined as prolonged conditions that rarely can be resolved entirely. Pain symptoms can be worsened or improved depending on the interventions applied.
The growth of chronic pain conditions among young professionals may have physical and psychological components. The physical component is associated with repeated low mechanical stressors and a sedentary lifestyle, which can cause skeletomuscular problems. The most affected body areas are hips, knees, lumbar, and distal joints – fingers and thumbs. The psychological aspect involves high exposure to mental stress. Not all chronic pain conditions develop into more severe conditions. However, pain symptoms neglected and untreated for a long time can eventually promote and develop irreversible health disorders.
Arthritis is a chronic inflammation of the joints. The two most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA).
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
RA is an autoimmune disorder affecting the synovial lining of the joints. Decreased muscle strength/mobility, reduced muscle mass, and impaired physical activity are all the typical symptoms of individuals with RA.
OA is a degenerative joint disease that is more prevalent with age. However, nowadays, we see more cases of OA develop in younger people. Increased BMI/ body mass values are considered a risk factor for OA. Moreover, mechanical injuries or overloading on the joints can cause articular damage.
Physical activity is an effective method to ease pain symptoms and improve general function. Exercises can be practiced in a pool setting for those who cannot tolerate the pain in land-based training. Physical activity should be avoided in flare-ups states, but overall activities of daily living (ADL) improve with exercise.
Physiotherapy and occupational therapy can provide the right treatment not only to ease pain symptoms but also to increase physical fitness characteristics. Furthermore, specific wrist and finger braces can be used to increase functionality and reduce pain.
1) Push Metagrip
It provides joint stabilization and reduces pain, thus allowing individuals to increase daily living functions, such as cooking, golfing, gardening, and playing. View more..
2) Compression Hand Brace
The gloves are comfy to wear compared to other hand and wrist braces. They provide a similar stabilization effect and support to the affected area. View more…