Dr. Arthritis Shares: Using Finger Splints Can Help Ease Arthritis Pain

Nearly half of all women, and a quarter of men will experience stiff and painful joints due to osteoarthritis of the hands by the time they reach 85 years old.

The condition is clearly more prevalent than you think. In fact, according to one study, the lifetime risk of hand osteoarthritis can be as much as 40%–and it can potentially lead to reduced hand function and movement restrictions, severely affecting quality of life.

Being a chronic condition, osteoarthritis unfortunately has no cure. But the good news is that medical treatments coupled with lifestyle changes as well as non-invasive tools and aids can help manage symptoms. One such option is the use of finger splints.

A finger splint works by repositioning the finger/s into more relaxed positions so that it puts less stress on the joints. While in a splint, your fingers range of motion is restricted to help minimize pain and swelling, as well as protect the finger from further damage. And when worn consistently, splints can help reduce the pain caused by hand osteoarthritis significantly; a claim supported by a previous study that reports pain symptoms being cut in half after research subjects wore a splint nightly for a full year.

Dr. Arthritis Launches Their New Finger Splints

As a company that continuously advocates the use of non-invasive and accessible tools and aids to improve quality of life, Dr. Arthritis has recently added finger splints to their range of products.

Dr. Arthritis finger splints can be used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan to address osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, hand, wrist, or thumb injuries, skier’s thumb, trigger finger, mallet finger, post-surgical repair, prevention of repetitive strain injuries, and finger dislocations.

The latest additions to the Dr. Arthritis range of joint aids also come in two colors—black and pink—and are available in two sizes, to ensure the most ideal fit.

As always, every product is backed by its founders’ first-hand medical experience and understanding of joint conditions and a full-team of dedicated customer representatives ready to attend to your concerns. 

Learn more about the Dr. Arthritis finger splints here.

Advice from Dr. Arthritis: Here’s How You Can Best Manage Arthritis-Related Fatigue

Chronic pain often equates to chronic fatigue—arthritis sufferers are all too familiar with this fact. 

According to a recent study,  61% of auto-immune arthritis sufferers experienced minor to extreme fatigue. Yet this is a subject that’s still considered quite controversial, largely because while it can be debilitating, it is usually also invisible.

In the context of arthritis, fatigue isn’t just about feeling tired after a big night out. It’s a physical issue that manifests as persistent weakness and lack of energy that affects your daily routine. It’s not something that you can power through after chugging a large cup of coffee; it’s the kind of tired where you feel like you need a nap right after you take a shower. This kind of fatigue can be difficult to explain to family and friends because they can’t see it. But make no mistake, it has a massive impact on your quality of life.

Why do arthritis patients experience fatigue?

There are a lot of reasons contributing to an arthritis patient’s fatigue.

For those who suffer from auto-immune arthritis, constant inflammation is likely adding more stress to the body, which leads to feelings of extreme tiredness. Round the clock pain is also a big factor. When you’re in constant pain, you tend to lose sleep; and losing sleep often leads to a rise in your pain symptoms, which then adds to your fatigue.

Medications you take to manage your arthritis symptoms could also play a role. DMARDs (disease modifying drugs) and biologics, designed to lower inflammation and reduce pain, tend to induce fatigue, especially on the days you’re supposed to take them.

Is fatigue something we will forever have to live with?

For a lot of us, yes. But while it can be challenging, it’s not impossible to manage. 

True, there are no quick remedies that can completely eliminate it. But working closely with a trusted physician means you can create a program that is tailored to your unique needs. Between speaking to your doctor and making lifestyle adjustments, there are effective methods, tips, and tricks that you can try. For example: 

  • Start by tracking your fatigue—this helps you communicate your symptoms better to your healthcare team. You might notice that your fatigue feels so much worse on days when your pain keeps you awake all night; or on days when you take your arthritis medication. These are important details that will help you and your doctor understand the best steps to take to manage it.
  • Check if you can adjust your medication dose or if you can adjust the timing of when you take it. A lot of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients take their DMARDs on a Friday in anticipation of the fatigue that tends to follow. This gives them the weekend to rest.
  • Identify and treat possibly underlying medical issues that could be making your fatigue worse.
  • Make a conscious effort to implement lifestyle changes to improve sleep habits, eat better, include exercise in your daily routine, and practice self-care.
  • Give yourself permission to rest. We’re so used to constantly being on the go that we forget it’s actually OK to stop and rest. If you suffer from a chronic illness, you’ll need to take frequent breaks in between tasks. Other times, you will need to hibernate to recuperate, and you must allow yourself to do so without feeling like you’re letting yourself or people around you down. 
  • Choose energizing snacks such as fruits and drinks loaded with electrolytes to keep your energy up.
  • If you drink coffee, be careful about your caffeine timing as it might contribute to you staying up at night.
  • Take a walk—even if it’s the last thing you want to do. When fatigue sets in, physical activity can really help. While that may seem counterintuitive, pacing yourself and incorporating manageable aerobic and strengthening exercises can reduce pain, improve mobility and strengthen your joints.

If you’re an arthritis sufferer struggling with fatigue, remember that you’re not alone. But we do encourage you to discuss your fatigue with your healthcare team so they can help you manage it better and take appropriate steps to address it.

If you have more ideas on how to manage and beat arthritis fatigue, we’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment below to share your thoughts or tips.

Dr. Arthritis Shares: New Study Finds NSAIDs Could Be Making OA Symptoms Worse

NSAIDs—non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs—are typically any arthritis sufferer’s go-to medication for pain and inflammation. In fact, in the US alone, over 50% of patients with osteoarthritis (OA) are prescribed NSAIDs.

According to new research however, NSAIDs could be doing more than good for OA sufferers. A study published in Rheumatology shows that NSAIDs may be negatively affecting the Joint Space Width (JSW) of OA patients who are currently taking prescription medication. Their research shows significant JSW loss across an eight-year period for regular NSAID users versus those who aren’t.

JSW is typically used as an indicator to understand how far OA has progressed.

Is Your Ibuprofen Making Your OA Worse?

No one can say anything definitively—yet. So before you stop using your NSAIDs to treat OA pain, take note of the following:

  • The recent study is an observational trial that highlights the association between JSW and OA. It can’t prove that NSAIDs are directly responsible for cartilage loss as even the authors of the study aren’t able to isolate the effect of NSAIDs on underlying disease or severity of arthritis.
  • However, it was able to successfully establish the connection between effects of NSAIDs and JSW despite variables such as age, sex, and BMI (body mass index). The study was able to show that current users of NSAIDs demonstrated increased JSW loss compared to non-users. 
  • This particular study specifically looked at prescription NSAID use, not lower-dose, over-the-counter alternatives that are more accessible to OA patients. It’s entirely possible that users of prescription-strength NSAIDs are trying to manage more severe disease activity versus those who use OTC remedies.

Bottomline? 

For now, Dr. Arthritis would recommend that you closely follow the advice of your healthcare team and a trusted physician, especially when it comes to your arthritis treatment plan and pain management. 

Awareness and understanding on how recent research is advancing the study of a condition as debilitating as arthritis is important. Especially when findings show that available treatment options, even ones we’ve relied on for years, need to be better studied for efficacy and safety. Until then, we will be on the lookout for extensive clinical data to further confirm how NSAIDs could affect OA symptoms.

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Dr. Arthritis Shares: Practical Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day 2021

In case you need a reminder, Mother’s Day is coming up on May 9th—and after an especially tough year, this occasion is the perfect time to shower moms with practical gifts that they wouldn’t even think of getting themselves.

We’ve rounded up a collection of our most useful products and throwing in a major discount just for the occasion. Keep on reading and don’t forget to check out the Mother’s Day promo code for select items at the end of the post.

Doctor Arthritis Heated Mittens

Nothing says relax more than giving your mom a full day off from her usual tasks. This Mother’s Day, spoil her with a full pampering treatment that she deserves. Dim the lights, set up her favorite Netflix shows, and slip her hands into a pair of Doctor Arthritis Heated Mittens. Moms do a lot with their hands and this is a gift that shows your appreciation for all the things they do for you.

Doctor Arthritis Heated Mittens
Heated Mittens/ Heat Therapy Gloves & Dr. Arthritis Handbook with Microwavable and Lavender Scented slot-in Heating Pads

Available in blue and pink, each pair of the Dr. Arthritis Heated Mittens come with scented, microwaveable heating pads that slip easily into the mittens and hold in heat to ease and relax stiff joints or painful fingers. The gentle lavender scent from the flaxseed-filled pads also help relax and soothe hands.

 

Doctor Arthritis Ergonomic Gel Wrist Rests

A lot of working moms have recently found themselves working a lot from home and spending extended hours in front of the computer. Most probably don’t even notice the toll that takes on their wrists. If you want to go for a more practical gift for Mother’s Day, give the Doctor Arthritis ergonomic gel wrist rests a try.

Doctor Arthritis Wrist Rest
Ergonomic Gel Wrist Rest for Mouse & Keyboard & Doctor Written Handbook

Ergonomically designed to minimize the stress of typing on hands and wrists, this is a great addition to any home office that moms didn’t even know they needed.

 

Doctor Arthritis Joint Care Advanced**

Keep in mind that you need to pay more attention to joint health as you get older, so a thoughtful, all-inclusive dietary supplement designed to boost bone and joint health is a great gift idea.

Doctor Arthritis Joint Care Advanced
Doctor Developed Joint Care Advanced – The All in One Joint Supplement for Healthy Joints

Wellness is a gift that will always be appreciated and Doctor Arthritis Joint Care Advanced is a comprehensive formulation that boosts joint health and flexibility as well as protects joint tissue and minimizes inflammation.

A single capsule consists of powerful ingredients known for maintaining joint health and can improve mobility and quality of life. Every bottle of Joint Care Advanced contains Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, Hyaluronic Acid, and Turmeric as primary nutrients that help support better joint health. 

 

There you have it–our top gift picks for Mother’s Day 2021. As promised, you can use the promo code 30PCOFF to get exclusive Mother’s day discounts for our Heated Mittens and Ergonomic Wrist Rests. 

 

**Doctor Arthritis Joint Care Advanced is not applicable for discount and is only available via Amazon US.