Health Tip: Signs That You May Have Hand Arthritis

(HealthDay News) -- Arthritis, the medical term for joint inflammation, commonly affects the relatively small joints of the hands.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says warning signs of hand arthritis may include:

  • Pain in the hands and fingers, especially after firmly holding an object for a long period.
  • Stiffness and pain that are more noticeable in the morning.
  • Swollen or disfigured joints.
  • A feeling of warmth in the joints.
  • A feeling that the bones in the joints are rubbing together, or that a joint is "loose."
  • Cysts near the joints at the ends of the fingers.

-- Diana Kohnle

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