What should I do when I'm in pain?
The way you use your joints can increase the aches, pain and strain that you feel and, over time, it can increase any deformity. This is why you should take notice of pain. Listen to your body – if you’re still having pain an hour after an activity, try taking more short breaks next time.
Many people will give up an activity if it hurts (for example gardening), but it’s better to do a little at a time, with plenty of rests, rather than give up something you enjoy.
Wearing splints can often help to ease the strain or pain in your joints. There are two types of hand and wrist splints:
Working splints (elastic wrist and thumb splints) provide more flexible support to help reduce pain while you’re working.
Resting splints consist of a custom-made cradle with straps to hold it in place. These can help if you have pain at night which affects your sleep or if you need to rest your hands for a short time during the day.
Some people find that compression (isotoner) gloves are also helpful in reducing pain and swelling and are easier to wear. These can be worn day or night, when working or resting.
A hand therapist can explore the options with you.