It’s that time of year again. Fall and cooler temperatures can cause swelling and aching in our patients with arthritis. We get numerous calls this time of year from patients requesting therapy on their aching hands.
Here are some tips and tricks to manage your swelling and pain as the weather changes:
Break out your compression garments. This is an easy way to manage the swelling that comes with weather changes. We typically recommend our patients wear their compression items at least at night if not throughout the day. Getting the swelling down can help with the pain. Check out our video for more information on swelling reduction.
As awful as ice sounds in the winter, icing your arthritic joints can help get swelling out of the area.
Thumb Stability Exercises:
Revisit your thumb exercises as needed to get you through the change of seasons. Remember, the exercises should NOT be painful. Check out the video here.
Are your arthritic thumbs bothering you now that the weather has gotten colder? Has your hand pain become unmanageable? If so, you could be a candidate for hand therapy services at LB Hand Therapy in Maryland. Visit our Where to Begin page to become a patient.