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Hand Arthritis: Bill's Story

As a sign language interpreter and passionate guitar player, Bill relies on his hands a lot. So, when he started noticing arthritis pain in 2013, he knew it would affect both his job and his hobby. Once it began to impair his playing, he reached out to Dr. Dawn LaPorte, an orthopaedic hand surgeon at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. LaPorte and her team worked with Bill on a treatment plan that included a thumb joint replacement surgery and rigorous rehabilitation. Bill’s occupational therapist, Jyo Supnekar, created a specialized splint for his thumb to help him get back into playing. Thanks to the coordinated care of his surgery and rehabilitation team, Bill can play with less pain and continues doing what he loves.

Meet Bill's Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Hand Specialists

Learn more about our team of orthopaedic hand surgery experts.

Jyo Supnekar | Clinical Specialist, JHH Hand Therapy Fellowship Director


Certifications: Board-Certified Hand Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Expertise: breast cancer, hand therapy, lymphedema, neurologic rehabilitation, oncology, orthopedics - upper extremity
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Learn more about our team of outpatient hand therapists.

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About Hand Arthritis

Osteoarthritis, the breakdown of cartilage in a joint, is one of the most common forms of arthritis in the hands. It may be caused by normal use of the hand or may develop after an injury. Hand arthritis causes pain in joints in the hand. The most common places are the base of the thumb, the end joint closest to the fingertip and the middle joint of a finger.

Learn more about osteoarthritis.

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