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What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis?

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Though not everyone who has osteoarthritis has symptoms, many do. Symptoms may include:

  • A grinding, grating feeling or a crunchy sound when joints move (this is also called crepitus)
  • Less range of motion in affected joints
  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Mucus cysts forming near the ends of fingers (hand osteoarthritis)
  • Swelling

From: What Is Hand Osteoarthritis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Osteoarthritis."

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons' OrthoInfo: "Arthritis of the Hand."

Arthritis Foundation: "Osteoarthritis of the Hands," "Topical NSAIDs Offer Rub-on Relief."

Cleveland Clinic: "Arthritis of the Wrist and Hand."

UpToDate: "Management of Hand Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 8, 2018

SOURCES:

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Osteoarthritis."

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons' OrthoInfo: "Arthritis of the Hand."

Arthritis Foundation: "Osteoarthritis of the Hands," "Topical NSAIDs Offer Rub-on Relief."

Cleveland Clinic: "Arthritis of the Wrist and Hand."

UpToDate: "Management of Hand Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 8, 2018

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