Arthritis of the hand

February 2017


Definition


The hand is one of the parts of the body that is most affected by arthritis, often in the form of rheumatoid arthritis, which affects about 300,000 people in France. It usually appears in people aged between 40 and 55 years and in women more so than men. Arthritis of the hand has all of the symptoms that are specific to other rheumatoid arthritis cases. The most striking sign of arthritis of the hand is the characteristic deformation of fingers.

Symptoms


The main symptom of arthritis of the hand is changing the appearance of the finger joints. The latter swell, and those of the base of the fingers become deformed, with painful nodules (small growths) that appear gradually and add to the stiffness and deformation. The bone is gradually destroyed and the stiffness and limitation of grasping movements (failure to grasp) is more pronounced over time. Pain keeps patients awake at night and is strongest in the morning, requiring morning stiffness""

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Original article published by . Translated by Jeff. Latest update on June 4, 2013 at 01:26 PM by Jeff.
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