How do you know if you have arthritis in your hands?
Symptoms of arthritis in the hands may include:
- Pain in some or all of the joints, including joints of the fingers, wrists, and thumbs.
- The growth of bony knobs on finger joints.
- Numbness in fingers.
- Swollen, red, or warm joints.
- Stiffness in the fingers, especially in the morning in patients who have rheumatoid arthritis.
How do you treat arthritis in the hands?
Splinting keeps the joint still, which helps reduce pain. Applying heat/ice to reduce pain and swelling. Taking acetaminophen (Tylenol®) and anti-inflammatory medicines (such as ibuprofen (Advil®/Motrin®) to reduce pain and swelling. Injecting joints with a cortisone preparation to relieve symptoms for a period of time
What are the early signs of arthritis?
Signs of Arthritis
- Pain, swelling and stiffness in one or multiple joints.
- Morning stiffness in and around the affected joints lasting at least one hour.
- Pain and stiffness that worsens with inactivity and improves with physical activity.
- Reduced range of motion.
- Sometimes fever, weight loss, fatigue and/or anemia.
What causes arthritis in the hands?
Another name for this type of arthritis is “wear and tear” arthritis. Women are more likely to experience osteoarthritis than men, and the most common causes include age, repetitive joint movement, and trauma. Arthritis in the hands may also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis or post-traumatic arthritis.