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Well hand arthritis is basically known as just inflammation of the joints and the surrounding tissues in the fingers and also in the hand, there are so many joints in the hand and the fingers.
There’s usually two types of arthritis that we encounter: either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. The difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis is that with osteoarthritis it generally happens with age and as a general wear and tear of your joints from deformity or just overuse.
With rheumatoid arthritis, that usually happens within our body defenses attacking our tissues, it’s also known as autoimmune response. People that are mostly affected by osteoarthritis are usually older individuals, usually also women are more likely to get osteoarthritis than men. With rheumatoid arthritis again, women more than men are known to get rheumatoid arthritis. That can happen anytime.
Some of the symptoms of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis include definitely pain, possibly swelling, redness around the joints. Having difficulty grabbing or holding things, you might see some joint deformity, even changes to your muscles and other things.
In physiotherapy for hand arthritis they tend to do more in the way of exercise to strengthen and improve the flexibility around the joints of the hand and fingers. Also they provide splinting of the hand to prevent deformity, also they may provide heat and cold modalities, and patient education for proper pain management of your hands.
If you have any questions about the hand arthritis that you may have, it is important to follow up with your physician or physiotherapist to get the correct diagnosis early to prevent the symptoms from getting worse.
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BIO: Physiotherapy Now
Lieon Kit completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2007 at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Prior to that, Lieon completed his Master’s of Education in Kinesiology in 2000 at the University of Texas at Austin.
Lieon has completed numerous of post graduate courses including certification in Intramuscular Stimulation (GunnIMS) at UBC Gunn IMS, certification in Anatomical Acupuncture with Canadian Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute (CAFCI), manual therapy courses at Ola Grimsby Institute and orthopedic course with Dr. George Davies.
Lieon’s approach to physiotherapy is to provide his clients with the best evidence based techniques to achieve their goals. Lieon’s belief that a combination of patient education of biomechanics and stages of healing, manual therapy, acupuncture/dry needling and sports or work specific exercises will help achieve the best possible outcome for his client’s rehabilitation goals.
Lieon is bilingual in English and Cantonese and enjoys working people of different ages, backgrounds and rehabilitation goals. Lieon has experience in working with athletes and being personally involved in sports including volleyball, basketball, football, softball and dragon boating just to name a few. Lieon also takes special interest in overhead shoulder athletes, sports and conditioning training and pre-/post-operative rehabilitation.
As a father of 2 children under 3 years old, Lieon enjoys spending time with his family. (Especially when his children are napping or sleeping throughout the night so he can spend quality time with his wife or looking at the back of his eyelids.)