Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic and degenerative condition where the cartilage of joints in the body can wear down, tissues surrounding the joints can become inflamed as well as a deterioration to ligaments that stabilise these joints. Within the hand, OA is most commonly found in the base of the thumb near the wrist and the smaller joints of the fingers. OA can be genetic or may present in people with past history of injury or heavy/repetitive use of their hands (work, hobbies, and sports).
This condition commonly causes pain (especially after repetitive/heavy activity), stiffness (especially in cold weather/or in the morning) and weakness when gripping/pinching.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, book an appointment.