Hand and Wrist Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about hand and wrist health.

Are there activities that can put you at higher risk for developing hand and wrist arthritis?

Dr. Cavo discusses activities that can put you at higher risk for hand and wrist arthritis.?Click play to watch the video or?read the transcript.

Are there activities that can put you at higher risk for developing hand and wrist arthritis?

There aren't really any specific aggravating activities or jobs. There are injuries, like I said, in wrist arthritis that can start the ball rolling toward arthritis. A small bone can get fractured in the wrist. If it doesn't go on to heal, it can lead to early arthritis. A certain ligament in the wrist that's pretty commonly torn, people think it's just a wrist sprain that changes how the wrist moves, it changes the biomechanics of the wrist. That can create some wear on the cartilage surfaces that leads to arthritis.

 

Though there aren’t specific things you can do that increase your risk for hand and wrist arthritis, injuries can increase your chances of wrist arthritis, according to Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians.

If you fracture a wrist bone and it doesn’t heal well, it can lead to early arthritis.

A torn wrist ligament that isn’t treated correctly also can lead to wrist arthritis. The tear can cause you to change how you move your wrist, causing the cartilage to wear down, leading to arthritis.

Talk to your doctor for more information about what activities can put you at higher risk for developing hand and wrist arthritis.

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Source: Michael Rymer, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates; Beth Berrettoni, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates; Matthew Cavo, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates