Arthritis of the wrists and fingers is a common cause of pain in the hand. It refers
to inflammation of the joints, usually causing pain and swelling, and tends to occur
in older patients or those who have previously injured their hands. Some patients may have
other forms of inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid (inflammatory) arthritis or gouty arthritis.
The symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are similar. They include pain, grinding, clicking or cracking sensations in the affected joint, misshapen joints, reduced movement, and weakened or swollen joints that are tender to touch.
Osteoarthritis is usually caused by degeneration of the joints, of which the cartilage (cushion
between the bones) deteriorates, resulting in the bones rubbing against each other. This
added friction can result in pain, swelling, and decreased motion. Osteoarthritis primarily
affects weight-bearing areas, such as the knees, hips and spine. Causes of osteoarthritis
include generics, gender (females are more prone to it), obesity, sports injuries, illness
or infection, and ageing.
If you experience any of these symptoms, consult your orthopaedic specialist. Your doctor will
recommend treatment options that best suit your lifestyle needs. Find out more about the
treatment options and
sports rehabilitation services available.