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Hand and Wrist Arthritis


Nearly 20 percent of Americans have arthritis in at least one joint. Arthritis of the hand or wrist can be quite painful and can interfere with everyday activities such as getting dressed. Learn more about causes, symptoms and treatments.

Causes & Triggers

  • Fractures
  • Injury
  • Natural wear-and-tear (loss of joint cartilage)

Signs & Symptoms

  • Difficulty using the hand or wrist
  • Distortion of joints
  • Limited range of motion
  • Pain
  • Swelling

Tips & Treatment

  • Arthritis happens to people of all ages; in fact, half are under the age of 50.
  • Arthritis falls into one of two camps: inflammatory and degenerative.
  • There are many types of arthritis ranging from osteoarthritis to rheumatoid to lupus.
  • Proper treatment depends upon a proper diagnosis.
  • Because the earlier arthritis is treated, the better, ignoring symptoms because it’s “probably arthritis” is never a good idea.
  • Seek the opinion of a well-qualified orthopedic hand specialist for relief of symptoms and treatment.

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