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A 40-year-old female asked:

i have raynauld's. will i develop arthritis? what if anything can i do to increase the strength in the joints in my hands?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Not always: Not everyone with raynaud's gets arthritis. It depends on why you have raynaud's. To strengthen your hands depends on many things including what problems you have. Occupational therapy can help you after you have had your evaluation to clarify your diagnosis.
Dr. Daniel Mass
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Maybe: There are two types of raynauds. Raynauds disease which is a vascular problem and does not lead to arthritis. Raynauds syndrome is part of inflamatory diseases as rheumatoid arthritis. This can lead to arthritis not the raynauds. Hand exercises can help strengthen your hand.

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Last updated Dec 13, 2012

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