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Can you get arthritis or osteoarthritis on the bones of your hand?

Can you get arthritis or osteoarthritis on the bones of your hand?

In the joints: Arthritis of any time is condition of the joints- "arth"=joint, "itis"=inflammation. So technically it isn't the bones that get it, but rather the cartilage on the surfaces that meet at the joint. The hand is just as vulnerable as any joint- and hand arthritis is common. Osteoarthritis usually refers to wearing out of the cartilage as opposed to inflammatory where the body attacks its own tissues. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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10 days before the 40th birthday I could not move out of bed. Something was wrong with my back in the upper region toward my neck.....?

10 days before the 40th birthday I could not move out of bed. Something was wrong with my back in the upper region toward my neck.....?

1)Herniated neck disc with: extrusion onto the spinal cord with radiculopathy 2)Presbyopia 3)R/O Dermatomyositis for knuckle bumps and rash on face/chest-Does sunlight make it worse? 4)Esophageal spasm from chronic GERD 5)Menopause You have multiple medical problems requiring a thorough work-up.Try calling your local Health Department,Red Cross, or County Medical Society about discounted clinics or Social Security Office about health benefits.I hope this is helpful.You also may contact a Health Tap doctor near your area about the above.All the best. ...Read more

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Can you get arthritis or osteoarthritis on the back of your hand?

Can you get arthritis or osteoarthritis on the back of your hand?

Maybe: Osteoarthritis occurs in the joints. One can get osteoarthrtis in the joints of the wrist or in the knuckles of the fingers. Common also in the base of the thumb, particularly in women. ...Read more

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Do hands get osteoarthritis or just rheumatoid?

Do hands get osteoarthritis or just rheumatoid?

Both: The hands can be afeected by both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid. Rheumatoid typically affects the joints we call the mcps and pips while osteoarthritis affects the pips and dips. Some patients can have both forms of arthritis at the same time. ...Read more

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A job that causes repetitive motion of hands, fingers, etc. How long could it take 2 get osteoarthritis if 1 was to get it? Would 1 have it in 20 yrs.

A job that causes repetitive motion of hands, fingers, etc. How long could it take 2 get osteoarthritis if 1 was to get it? Would 1 have it in 20 yrs.

Not necessarily: It depends on too many factors to answer your question. The longer you live, the more likely you are to have oa of the back, hips or knees especially. It also depends of your weight and how much you abuse the joints. ...Read more

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Can an X-ray really diagnose arthritis? My doctor says my X-ray shows signs of osteoarthritis. I thought arthritis was when there’s not enough cartilage in your joints. How can you see that on an x-ray?

Can an X-ray really diagnose arthritis? My doctor says my X-ray shows signs of osteoarthritis. I thought arthritis was when there’s not enough cartilage in your joints. How can you see that on an x-ray?

Yes, to some degree.: Xrays cannot show cartilage, however, loss of cartilage is reflected in narrowing of the joint space where the cartilage should be. Decreased thickness of bone (demineralization) around joints can suggest inflammation. Erosions or holes in the bone and where they are located can aid in diagnosing types of inflammatory arthritis. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Osteoarthritis (Definition)

Common degenerative problem of cartilage and joints. Simply stated it is wear and tear to a point that the joint no longer can keep up with depositing fresh cartilage and the joint space thins, bone becomes exposed and pailful, bone spurs and deformity may ensue. And ...Read more