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What is hand osteoarthritis?

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Osteoarthritis of the hand occurs more frequently in certain spots:

With osteoarthritis that is located at the base of the thumb, there is often a deep, aching pain. You may have trouble gripping or pinching things with any kind of strength, or opening lids or turning keys.

  • In the joint located at the base of the thumb, where the thumb meets the wrist. You may have bumps or bony knobs located near the site of the arthritis.
  • In the joint at the end of the finger closest to the nail. Bumps called Heberden's nodes might show up there.
  • In the joint in the middle of the finger. This spot gets bumps called Bouchard's nodes.

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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