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What are the symptoms of arthritis?

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Arthritis is a leading source of hand pain. It causes joints to lose the cartilage that allows them to move smoothly against each other. As the cartilage deteriorates, painful, sometimes debilitating, swelling begins to occur.

In the hand, the areas where this most often occurs are the:

  • Base of the thumb
  • Middle joint of one or more fingers
  • End joint, which is closest to the finger tip

From: Why Does My Hand Hurt? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "De Quervain's Tendinitis," "Hand Fractures," "Arthritis: Osteoarthritis," "Trigger Finger."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "De Quervain's Tendinitis (De Quervain's Tendinosis)," "Arthritis of the Hand," "Trigger Finger."

American College of Rheumatology: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 24, 2018

SOURCES:

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "De Quervain's Tendinitis," "Hand Fractures," "Arthritis: Osteoarthritis," "Trigger Finger."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "De Quervain's Tendinitis (De Quervain's Tendinosis)," "Arthritis of the Hand," "Trigger Finger."

American College of Rheumatology: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on December 24, 2018

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