Arthritis of the hand

Keywords: Arthritis, ROM, hand pain, Physiotherapy, Special tests, Differential Diagnosis, surgery.

Arthritis of the hand

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Every patient is different however a with a typical presentation you may expect to find ……

Symptomatic hand osteoarthritis (OA) occurs in 13-26% of older adults (Zhang et al, 2002). Osteoarthritis is sometimes described as wear and tear of the joints. Of course the hand has many joints and the disease can affect widespread on single joints.

Risk factors

  • Age (causes changes in chondrocytes)
  • Female
  • Genetics
  • Obesity


Zhang Y, Niu J, Kelly-Hayes M, Chaisson CE, Aliabadi P,
Felson DT. Prevalence of symptomatic hand osteoarthritis
and its impact on functional status among the elderly: the
Framingham Study. Am J Epidemiol 2002;156:1021e7.

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