The hand is a remarkable thing. Its design is complex and its dexterity is high. The result is that we can use our hands to carry out an enormous range of tasks. From holding a pen, to brushing our teeth, to moving a steering wheel, to typing at a computer, to making food, to holding our phones...the list of ways we use our hands is seemingly neverending. The result is that when part of the hand - be it the hand itself, the wrist, or the fingers - is damaged or suffers from inflammation, our normal mobility and functionality is severely limited.
That’s where we can help. Established in 2004, Pittsburgh Foot and Hand Center is a local resource and care center for those affected by arthritis in the hand, wrist, or thumb. Since 1987, Dr. Bowman has provided the latest in both nonsurgical and surgical orthopaedic treatment to those affected by joint disorders. From our cutting-edge electronic medical records to our use of the latest in imaging technology, our staff process and training puts the focus on providing consistent care to you that is 100% based on your symptoms and needs.
If you are struggling with joint pain, and this sounds like the care that you need, you're invited to contact us online or at (724) 933-3300. We look forward to working with you and helping you find relief!
"Arthritis" is a singular term used to refer to more than 100 different types of joint pain and joint disease, each with different causes and approaches to treatment. No matter the type of arthritis, however, the disease is marked by inflammation in at least one joint, although multiple joints can be affected. The result of arthritis is pain and stiffness, which often worsens with age.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, people of all ages, sexes, and races can and do have arthritis, and it is the leading cause of disability in America. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis.
What are Common Symptoms of Arthritis of the Thumb, Hand, and Wrist?
In general, common arthritis symptoms that can present in the thumb, hand, and wrist alike include: swelling, aching, pain, discomfort, tenderness, and/or stiffness, as well as a decreased range of motion in the afflicted joint. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and may also come and go. In more severe cases, the disease can lead to chronic pain and make it difficult to move or engage in daily activities.
Additional symptoms specific to arthritis of the thumb, hand or wrist include the following:
Pittsburgh Foot and Hand Center will initially provide an exam and prescribe the lifestyle changes most likely to provide relief from the pain in your afflicted hand, wrist, or thumb. Where necessary, we can also help prepare patients for any recommended surgeries.
In addition to Dr. Bowman’s expertise, our practice’s partnerships provide patients with the access they may need to additional medical professionals, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, and orthotists. Dr. Bowman - and, when needed, these partners - will constantly strive to provide a consistent and high level of nonoperative and postoperative care.
Because every patient is different, specific questions about any diagnosis or surgery should always be discussed in-depth with your medical and/or surgical teams. That’s why we invite you to bring all of your questions to us during your visits, as well as by phone afterward if needed. We will gladly provide the information you need to make the right decision for your health needs.