Hand and Wrist Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about hand and wrist health.

What does arthritis in the hand and wrist feel like? What causes it?

Dr. Cavo discusses what arthritis of the hand and wrist feels like and what causes it.?Click play to watch the video or?read the transcript.

What does arthritis in the hand and wrist feel like? What causes it?

Arthritis in the hand and wrist often feels like a dull, deep, aching kind of pain. But when certain activities, certain kinds of aggravating activities, such as opening a jar or really powerful grip type of activities, it can actually feel like more of a sharp, stabbing type pain.

Arthritis in the hand and wrist is caused like arthritis pretty much throughout the body by breakdown of the cartilage on the joint surfaces. As that wears away, you get bones rubbing against each other that aren't as smooth as cartilage, so that's what causes the pain. It's a little bit different in the wrist compared to the rest of the hand because the wrist actually can come from a previous injury. A fractured bone or a ligament tear can actually lead to a certain pattern of arthritis

   

Arthritis of the hand and wrist cause pain and stiffness. It can make activities such as opening a jar or typing on a keyboard painful and difficult.

Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians describe the symptoms as a dull, deep, aching kind of pain.

Arthritis in the hand and in the wrist is caused by a breakdown of cartilage that protects joint surfaces.

When the cartilage wears away, your bones rub against each other, which causes the pain.

Talk to your doctor to learn more about what hand and wrist arthritis feels like and how it is caused.

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Source: Michael Rymer, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates; Beth Berrettoni, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates; Matthew Cavo, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates