Osteoarthritis of the hand is a significant problem due to pain, weakness and loss of hand function. Osteoarthritis occurs following the deterioration of cartilage within the joint, reducing the joint’s ability to move smoothly and freely. As osteoarthritis worsens, the joint cartilage can completely wear away, leaving ‘bone on bone’, which ultimately leads to fusion of the joint. Osteoarthritis can occur due to wear and tear, trauma or other problems that affects cartilage. The base of the thumb and the finger joints are especially prone to osteoarthritis.


Pain, swollen joints, stiffness, weakness, loss of function.


  • Splinting
  • Dry needling
  • Taping
  • Strengthening
  • Range of motion
  • Modalities
  • Massage
  • Compression
  • Anti-inflammatory creams
  • Paraffin wax
  • Education on joint protection
  • Provision of adaptive aids and modification of tools
  • Advice regarding work, sport and home duties.

*All treatment may vary depending individual circumstances.


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For appointments, enquiries or just to find out more about Geelong Hand Therapy, feel free to contact us any time.
(03) 5221 7171
3 Sydney Ave
Geelong, Vic 3220
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Mon to Fri 8:30am to 5pm

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