Dr. Rohde shares if hand exercise can benefit women with arthritis.
It really depends what exercises we are talking about. So there are certain kinds of arthritis that are extremely common in women. Basal joint arthritis or arthritis at the base of the thumb metacarpal and the hand is probably the most common type of arthritis that we see in women in their hands. And there are some exercises that are generally taught by hand therapists that are called joint protection exercises, that can really help decrease the symptoms and prevent failure of that joint.
About Dr. Rohde, M.D.:
Dr. Rachel S. Rohde, M.D., is an Orthopaedic Upper Extremity Surgeon in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at William Beaumont Hospital. Dr. Rohde received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, completed her residency at the University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center and performed her fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery-Weill Cornell Medical College.