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Recent research from the CDC suggests that about 40 percent of adults will develop osteoarthritis (OA) of the hand at some point in their lives.
OA of the hand is a common condition that causes disability in hand strength and function. The study also found that OA of the hand is more common among women. For women, it typically develops after menopause because of declining estrogen levels.
Symptoms: Remember, women are not the only people at risk for OA of the hand. Talk with your doctor if you experience these symptoms:
Pain that feels dull or burning and often occurs after joint use, such as heavy gripping or grasping.
Swelling when the joint is subject to greater stress.
A joint that is warm to the touch, due to your body's inflammatory response.
Looseness or grinding sensation in the affected joint.
Cysts that cause ridging or dents in the nail plate of the affected fingers.
Treatment and Care: If you have OA of the hand, you can take steps to relieve pain and inflammation. Common treatments include:
Nsaids to help ease pain and inflammation.
Corticosteroids to control inflammation.
Analgesics to relieve pain, particulary in people who cannot take Nsaids due to allergies or stomach problems.
If you have any of these symptoms please see your doctor.