Arthritis Compression Gloves
What are symptoms for arthritis in the hand?
Arthritis may cause pain in some or all of the joints in the hands, fingers, thumbs and wrists. Pain may be accompanied by swollen, red or warm joints or numbness in fingers. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause stiffness in the fingers and growth of lumps or nodules under the skin while psoriatic arthritis may cause significant swelling in fingers. These symptoms typically cause difficulty with motions that require gripping and twisting, grasping small objects, and lifting or carrying anything weighing 10 pounds or more. Progression of arthritis can lead to loss of bone density and joint damage.
Your doctor may prescribe medications or physical therapy but there are also many home remedies that can help reduce symptoms of hand arthritis. Applying ice to swollen joints can help reduce swelling while soaking hands in warm water can ease stiff joints. Compression gloves keep joints still to reduce pain while improving circulation, reducing inflammation and soothing sore hands. Over the counter topical creams can relieve pain and many hand exercises can be done at home to keep ligaments and tendons flexible.
The use of compression gloves during your daily activities supports and helps reduce wear and tear to the joints in your hands and fingers. Mild compression improves blood circulation to reduce swelling and stiffness, soothes aching joints, relieves muscle tension and reduces pain and inflammation.
It is important to follow any instructions given to you by your doctor including regularly taking any medication prescribed to decrease inflammation. Keep both your hands and body active and to avoid further injury to your joints. Be sure to take precautions when pushing, pulling or lifting heavy objects and take breaks when doing repetitive or strenuous activities. Moving your hands and fingers regularly by doing simple flexing and bending finger exercises, can keep your ligaments and tendons flexible and relieve stiffness and pain.