(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.
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-- Diana Kohnle
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