Getting a Grip of Hand Osteoarthritis

As humans, our hands are incredibly important. They provide us with dexterity in a range of tasks. From the simple - bringing food to the mouth, right up to the ultra complex - painting the ceiling of the sistine chapel. Our hands also allow us to transmit force from the rest of the body to objects - whether that's a bag of mulch in the garden or a heavy barbell like 90 year old Mr Stockinger:

With so many functions, it becomes immediately obvious to anyone when their hands aren’t working like they used to.  One of the most common causes of hand pain and dysfunction is osteoarthritis (OA). This article will take a look at hand OA and what you can do about it.

 

What is hand osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a condition characterised by joint pain, swelling and stiffness and it can affect any of the joints in the body. The most common sites are the knees, hips and hands. OA was previously diagnosed radiographically, but what is far more important is your clinical...

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