The wrist, or radiocarpal joint, is the anatomical region surrounding the carpus including the distal parts of the bones of the forearm and the proximal parts of the metacarpus or five metacarpal bones and the series of joints between these bones.
2009′s “Joint of the Year” award goes to my wrists!
A lot of my joints have taken a beating during this past year due to my rheumatoid arthritis. (Okay, most of them have taken a beating!) But there is one set of joints that stood up as strong as they could against the brunt of the inflammatory process that is associated with RA, and these are my wrists.
They did not always win the fight – many times (as recently as this past week) they decided to take a mandatory rest break…sort of like a hibernation period…when the pain and swelling got too intense.
Sometimes, the best fighters are those who know when not to fight.
Looking back at this past year, they were the joints that were most chronically affected – I wouldn’t be surprised it it neared 100% of the time. It was much less of 5% of the time, however, when I could not rely on their strength or dexterity.
No matter what happened, though, my wrists did not hold a grudge against me or my confused immune system…and for this, I am awarding them this year’s “Joint of the Year” award!
Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!
P.S. Thanks to Carla’s Corner for suggesting that I grant a “Joint of the Year” award