Of the several rheumatology diseases that to this day plague modern-day humanity, rheumatoid arthritis holds a unique place- one for it being a body-wide condition. However, even with it pulling life to a screeching halt, this is an ailment that affects small joints, especially the joints in the hands.
The swelling and inflammation of the fingers can be excruciating and your grip will start to weaken over time- Even the most simplest of tasks, turn into one of the laborious ones.
How does one mitigate the pains, if at all? Does modern science and rheumatology have an answer?
Make A Visit To An Occupational Therapist
Occupational therapists are those that are trained to strengthen your wrist, hands and to improve the overall mobility, strength and dexterity. They can better help you to make subtle changes in your routine everyday tasks and suggest a specific workaround to sail through, with the least amount of discomfort.
Here are some of the ways in which their guidance can help you:
- They can suggest hand-friendly tools that will make it a lot easier for you to groom and bathe yourself.
- Provide guidance in crafting and activities such as playing instruments that require a fair bit of dexterity from you.
- Make subtle changes to your wardrobe that helps you to get dressed easier- putting buttons on can get challenging!
- Arrange your kitchen in such a way so as to reduce the strain on you when you are preparing meals.
Wear A Splint When Possible
Reduce the pain by means of strengthening and immobilizing your hand- you can make use of a splint to do the same. You can have a single finger splint to keep the fingers straight. You can have a splint to fit over the thumb and wrap over the wrist and palm- this will help you to relieve the joint strain, and reduce the pain at the base of the thumb. Splints can be used to keep the fingers immobilized when you are sleeping- this is needed for those who make their hands into a fist when they sleep, which may make the arthritis even worse.
Take Your Medication As Directed
Take your medication as directed by your physician and doctors, promptly and at the right times of the day. They have prescribed them to you for a reason, and doing so will help to alleviate symptoms and help you to better control your rheumatoid arthritis. Set a reminder on your phone, or make use of a pill organizer, to make sure that you don’t miss a single one of them.