Stacy Harmon, BS, OTR/L

Stacy Harmon BS, OTR/L

Question: I have pain throughout my hands that I have been told is arthritis. What can I do to help with the pain?

Answer: Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. The
main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which
typically worsen with age. The two most common types of
arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Treatments vary depending on the type of arthritis. The main goals of arthritis treatments are to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. Contact your doctor’s office for a referral to an occupational therapist that specializes in hand therapy. A therapist will recommend things such as night splinting, heat modalities for use at home, range of motion exercises, gentle strengthening exercises and instruct you in joint protection techniques to avoid further damage to your joints. For more information, contact
Stacy at STARS at 288-4670.