Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease, and it can affect any body parts, including the hand. Hand osteoarthritis can make the cartilage gradually deteriorates, causing enlarged and crooked finger-joints.
Hand osteoarthritis usually affects the following regions: thumb root, finger-tip joint, finger middle joint. The usual symptoms include: joint pain, joint stiffness, joint swelling, thumb root pain, bony nodules. To prevent the disease progression, early diagnosis and treatment is very important.
The usual treatment options include: heat therapy, ultrasound therapy, physical therapy, thumb splint, orthotics, topical treatments, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, glucosamine, chondroitin, avocado soybean unsaponifiables, surgery.