Arthritis of the wrist and hand

Arthritis of the Base of the Thumb- arthritis of the basilar joint, formed by a small wrist bone and the first bone of the three bones in the thumb; treatment may consist of splint, cortisone injection, or surgery to remove the arthritic bone and replacement of the joint.

Osteoarthritis of the Joints of the Hand-various treatment modalities may be required such as medical treatment, joint replacement, arthrodesis or fusion of the bones of the joint which may eliminate pain but leaves the joint immobilized.

Rheumatoid Disease of the Hand- an illness that often attacks the tissues, called synovium, that line the joint and tendons.  The tissue becomes swollen and covers the joints, destroying bone and cartilage and may cause tendon rupture; usually treated medically.