Arthritis is a term used to describe over 100 conditions that cause joint pain and joint disease. Unfortunately, arthritic conditions are increasingly common, affecting nearly 60 million Americans – a number projected to grow to 78 million by the year 2040 as the largest segment of the population ages.
There are many types of arthritis – including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis – each of which affects the body in different ways. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is caused by “wear and tear” on the joints. It’s also considered a degenerative condition, meaning that symptoms tend to worsen over time as a person’s joints age and they lose cartilage.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues. Although arthritic conditions tend to be more prevalent in older generations, some conditions can affect those aged 16 or younger (these are classified as juvenile arthritis).
Arthritis tends to have wide-ranging effects on multiple joints, including hips, knees, ankles, wrists, and fingers.
Arthritis in the Wrists
The wrist is one of the joints most commonly affected by arthritis. Arthritis in the wrists can cause pain, stiffness, swelling, and limited range of motion, making it difficult to perform simple everyday tasks. Some people may experience chronic pain in their wrists, while others may have intermittent pain: heightened periods of pain and inflammation called flare-ups followed by relatively milder periods.
Arthritis in the wrists can have a marked impact on a person’s ability to perform tasks involving their hands, wrists, or fingers, including fine motor skills. In fact, arthritic conditions are one of the leading causes of disability in the US. According to the CDC, 1 in 25 working-age adults (18-64) across all 50 states faces limitations attributed to arthritis. Among those with arthritis, at least 25% (1 in 4) have work limitations.
Ways to Ease Arthritis Pain
There is no known cure for arthritis, though there are ways to improve function and reduce pain from certain arthritic conditions. A wrist compression sleeve for arthritis, heat therapy, and topical medications can all offer relief to those suffering from arthritis in their wrists.
Compression sleeves, such as Nufabrx HealthWear®, can help to relieve pain, prevent injury, and improve stability in the wrists, all of which can improve function and allow you to do more with your hands.
Heat is known to soothe achy joints and temporarily relieve arthritis pain. Heat therapy for the hands and wrists can come through heated gloves, an electric heat pad, a hot compress, or even topical creams or gels that have a warming effect.
Topical medications, or medicated creams and gels, can also soothe arthritis-related pain in the wrists. There are a few categories of topical medications used for arthritis pain. These are primarily distinguished by the active pain-relieving ingredient, such as capsaicin or menthol.
How Do Our Wrist Compression Sleeves Work?
Generally speaking, wrist compression sleeves for arthritis provide gentle support and stability to help relieve pain and reduce swelling. However, Nufabrx HealthWear® goes a step further. In addition to gentle compression, our wrist compression sleeves include the benefit of infused capsaicin, a contact-activated, pain-relieving ingredient. We infuse this active ingredient into the sleeve fibers, and the added pain-relieving benefits last up to 150+ hours of cumulative wear (or about 15+ washes).
How to Best Use Our Compression Sleeves to Help With Arthritis Pain
Selecting the right compression sleeve is essential for alleviating pain. Fit and flexibility are two of the most important features of a wrist compression sleeve. You want your wrist compression sleeve to be comfortably snug for an appropriate compression level without sliding around. Nufabrx Healthwear® offers universal sizing, and our wrist compression sleeves fit best for people with a wrist circumference of 6-7 inches. (See our sizing guide for more info.)
For best results, wear your wrist compression sleeves whenever using your hands and wrists – whether typing at a computer, driving, gardening, or cleaning your home. Any situation where you usually experience discomfort in your wrists or hands is an excellent opportunity to wear your wrist compression sleeves for arthritis pain relief.
How the Nufabrx Wrist Compression Sleeve Differs From Others on the Market
Nufabrx HealthWear® wrist compression sleeves stand out from the rest by combining the benefits of compression with the pain-relieving effects of infused capsaicin. The gentle compression of Nufabrx wrist compression sleeves provides stability and support to the joint. In addition, the infused medicine gently warms the wrist joint, providing an extra layer of pain relief.