Written by Margarita Gurevich
This article will focus on arthritis of the hands and how physiotherapy can help manage this condition. Arthritis is a very common condition which affects people of any age group, even children, but is more commonly seen in older people. Arthritis can affect any joint in the body, such as the hands, knees, feet and others.
While there are various types of arthritis, the two most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is caused by degenerative changes in the cartilage; rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is caused by an autoimmune condition.
Common symptoms of arthritis in the hands.
The most common symptoms associated with arthritis of the hands include (but are not limited to) the following:
Pain in the affected joint – mostly with movement but can also occur even at rest.
Swelling and deformity of the joint.
Reduced range of motion and strength of the joint.