Health Tip: Signs That You May Have Hand Arthritis

By on July 21, 2010

Arthritis, the medical term for joint inflammation, commonly affects the relatively small joints of the hands.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says warning signs of hand arthritis may include:

  • Pain in the hands and fingers, especially after firmly holding an object for a long period.
  • Stiffness and pain that are more noticeable in the morning.
  • Swollen or disfigured joints.
  • A feeling of warmth in the joints.
  • A feeling that the bones in the joints are rubbing together, or that a joint is “loose.”
  • Cysts near the joints at the ends of the fingers.

Source: HealthDay

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