Arthritis & Tendonitis

Arthritis and Tendonitis in the Upper Extremities

Arthritis is a disorder characterized by joint inflammation.  There are actually over one hundred forms of arthritis, though the most common are those related to wear and tear of cartilage (osteoarthritis) and those associated with inflammation resulting from a dysfunctional immune system (rheumatoid arthritis).

 Some 30 million to 40 million Americans are affected by arthritis, including over 300,000 children!  More than 27 million Americans have osteoarthritis.  Approximately 1.3 million Americans suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.  More than half of those with arthritis are under 65 years of age.  And nearly 60% of Americans with arthritis are women.


There is no single treatment that applies to everyone with arthritis.  Most doctors will develop a management plan designed to minimize your specific pain and improve the function of your joints.  Some people with arthritis in the shoulders or fingers will require surgical joint replacement.  We can help them with postsurgical therapy to promote healing and minimize pain.

 Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are chronic diseases that may last a lifetime.  Chronic pain is distressing because it affects the sufferer on many levels.  Learning how to manage your pain over the long term is an important factor in controlling the disease and maintaining a good quality of life.

 Osteoarthritis suffers-whose fingers, hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders may be severely affected-often benefit from regular, moderate therapeutic exercise.  It reduces joint pain and stiffness by increasing fluidity around the joints, builds stronger muscle to support the joints and increases flexibility and endurance.  Soft-tissue massage techniques can also help those with arthritis by improving circulation in affected joints.

 Another common “itis” is tendonitis.  

 Wrist tendonitis, or tenosynovitis, is a common condition characterized by irritation and inflammation of any of the many tendons around the wrist joint.  Wrist tendonitis usually affects one tendon by may also involve more.  When wrist tendonitis becomes a problem, the tendon sheath, or tenosynovium, becomes thickened and constricts the gliding motion of the tendons.  Another common form is elbow tendonitis, or tennis elbow.

 At Abilities Hand Rehabilitation, our delivery of care is characterized by our ability to make each patient feel comfortable and involved in rehabilitation.  This, combined with our commitment to excellent treatment, can help patients successfully transition back to normal daily activities, work, sports and hobbies.

 There are many ways for people to strain or sprain some part of the upper extremity.  We treat all upper extremity injuries, and we strive for the best results possible.  For more information on arthritis and tendonitis therapy or to refer a patient, call Abilities Hand Rehabilitation today.

Call 419-627-2526

2419 E Perkins Ave, Suite E * Sandusky, OH 44870

(Behind Sandusky Mall)

Fax 419-627-4263


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