49-Year-Old Female With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Photo: 47-year-old female with rheumatoid arthritis.
As with many of the images here, this image shows the swelling and joint deformity which is far too common in people with rheumatoid arthritis.
Early treatment of rheumatoid arthritis is the best way to control the disease and prevent deformity. Pain and stiffness are also associated with rheumatoid arthritis of the hands and must be managed.
A Word for 1 last update 2020/06/04 From Verywell A Word From Verywell
Our hands are incredibly important in most everything we do, from holding things to touching things to grabbing things. We use our hands to cook, clean, groom ourselves, play with our children, write, create, and so much more.
Reviewing for 1 last update 2020/06/04 these images of arthritis is painful, but it is a visible reminder of how we must protect our hands if we have arthritis. Early and aggressive treatment of inflammatory arthritis can make a difference not only in pain and stiffness today, but our ability to do what we love to do with our hands tomorrow. Reviewing these images of arthritis is painful, but it is a visible reminder of how we must protect our hands if we have arthritis. Early and aggressive treatment of inflammatory arthritis can make a difference not only in pain and stiffness today, but our ability to do what we love to do with our hands tomorrow.
If you are living with arthritis, take to your rheumatologist about joint protection techniques. Keep in mind that overuse (even without any pain) is associated with an increased risk of joint deformity.
Talk about the most appropriate treatment options to slow the progression of the disease, and in turn, reduce your risk of joint deformity. Ultrasound is one way to detect smoldering synovitis, otherwise known as "silent destruction" of joints.
Hand surgery can be helpful for some people, and when done appropriately, can improve quality of life. That said, it's important that surgery is focused is improved on improving function alone, rather than focusing on cosmetic results.
Even with the joint damage, many people are able to live very comfortable and productive lives. But being proactive and being your own advocate in getting the best care possible raises your chances of enjoying your future with as little pain and as much mobility as possible.