What is osteoarthritis?
Arthritis(inflamed joint) of the hands, wrists and fingers are common diagnosis when a patient presents with pain in the hand. Arthritis of the hand can arise without any significant cause especially in the older age group or in patients who had previous trauma to their hand.
Patient may have other form of inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis or gouty arthritis. Diagnosis of arthritis is made from clinical examination by a qualified physician, plain radiography and simple blood test. Stiffness, swelling and pain are symptoms common to all forms of arthritis in the hand.
Treatment of arthritis includes conservative measure such as lifestyle changes, analgesia, splinting and also surgical treatment range from simple debridement to joint fusion. Heat modalities in the form of warm wax or paraffin baths might help, and when severe swelling is present, cold modalities can help. A cortisone injection can also often provide relief of symptoms but does not cure arthritis. Joint replacement can be considered in severe cases.
This information provided is meant purely for educational purposes and may not be used as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. You should seek the advice of your doctor or qualified healthcare provider before starting any treatment or if you have any questions related to your health, physical fitness or medical conditions.
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