Three symptoms of arthritis in the hands to watch out for

Arthritis is an extremely common condition that affects millions of people. The most common form is called osteoarthritis, which refers to joint inflammation caused by the natural degeneration of cartilage. Since it is closely connected to the natural aging process, osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body, including the hands. 

Symptoms of arthritis in the hands can range from mild to crippling. Since we use our hands for nearly every task, this condition can begin to take a heavy toll on your quality of life if it is affecting you. If you’re wondering if it’s time to seek treatment for arthritis, we’re sharing the following guide to symptoms that can be a particular red flag. 

The team at Back in Motion Physical Therapy is here to help. Please feel free to reach out to us regarding any questions or if you’d like to learn more. 

Arthritis of the hands can cause the following symptoms

As protective joint cartilage breaks down in the hands, it causes increased bone-on-bone contact that can contribute to these specific symptoms: 

  1. Stiffness — Cartilage and joint fluid allow for smooth joint movement. When the joints begin to dry out, it becomes more difficult to open and close your hands and grip objects. 
  2. Crepitus — This is a term for the grinding and popping sensation that can accompany increased bone-on-bone contact. Although not necessarily painful, it can be an uncomfortable sensation.  
  3. Aches and pains — The friction between joints causes inflammation and swelling in the hands, causing aches. It can also lead to irritation of nearby nerves that can result in sharp pains.

While arthritis in the hands is not a curable or reversible condition at this time, there are several treatment options that can help you effectively manage symptoms, including physical therapy. 

Arthritis treatment with Back in Motion

When you come to one of our locations for arthritis relief, our highly trained and experienced therapists will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan. With a combination of manual therapy to mobilize stiff joints and targeted stretches and strengthening exercises, we can help you relieve pain and restore function to your hands so you can accomplish the tasks that you need to. 

Learn more about our treatment options for arthritis and schedule your initial appointment today when you contact one of our representatives.