Osteoarthritis of the hand and wrist
Everyone with osteoarthritis (OA) in their hands and wrists is affected differently. Some people do not experience much discomfort while others may notice that it is difficult to grip and lift things properly.
If you have OA in your hands, you will probably have noticed stiffness in your fingers. There may be bumps known as nodules in the joints of your fingers. These occur because the healthy cartilage protecting the bone-ends in the joint is wearing out. The two bones in the finger joint rub together causing pain and inflammation. Bony outgrowths build up, making the joint look knobbly. The fluid in the joint can increase, making it swell and feel stiff and painful to move. Find out more about the symptoms, effects and treatment of osteoarthritis of the hand and wrist.