What is hand and wrist osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. It gradually worsens as the joint space decreases and the protective cartilage and the bones wear down over time. This degenerative joint disease can affect any joint in the body, including the joints of the hand and wrist.

What are the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the hand and wrist?

Symptoms of hand and wrist osteoarthritis vary from person to person. Common symptoms with this condition include:

  • Joint stiffness, which may be more pronounced in the mornings
  • An ache with use of the hands
  • Difficulty moving the fingers
  • A weak grip
  • Swelling and tenderness of the knuckles or around the wrist
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What treatment options are available?

If the symptoms persist, it is recommended to schedule a consultation with Dr. Yoon. A comprehensive evaluation will be performed and a treatment plan can then be discussed based on the findings.

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