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A 48-year-old member asked:

if you get hand arthritis, is it really serious?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Randy Hauck
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
Not usually: The distal joints in the fingers are the most common joints to get arthritis. The next most common is the base of the thumb. They are treated depending on the severity of symptoms but most patients do well with splinting or medications and possibly hand therapy.
Dr. David Tuckman
Hand Surgery 23 years experience
No: Most patients with arthritis in the hands have only mild occasional symptoms.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What causes arthritis in your hand?

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Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Many causes: There are many types of arthritis that can effect your hands. Some causes include, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, and lupus. If you think you may have arthritis get a evaluation so you can get the correct diagnosis and treatment options.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get arthritis at the base of the hand, in that area where you catch yourself when you fall?

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Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Yes: If you have any concern you may have arthritis it is best to get it evaluated so you can ge the proper diagnosis and treatment.
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A 26-year-old female asked:

How do you know if you have arthritis in your hand at 27?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
It's uncommon, but..: If you've had a significant injury including a fracture - especially one that extends into the joint, say of the thumb or the bones in the wrist - there might be the beginning of arthritis development. An xray could help show if there's any arthritis there. Best of luck!
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A 54-year-old female asked:

What is the treatment of arthritis in the hand?

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Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine 37 years experience
Knowing the type: Of arthritis is important. Inflammatory arthritis is treated much differently than osteoarthritis. Try to determine the cause by a visit to your doctor. Would be difficult to answer without knowing.

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