Osteoarthritis in fingers is an unpleasant disease and one of the worst forms of arthritis for suffers. It is one of the most painful forms as well as SI Pain. In the hands it usually happens as part of nodal osteoarthritis. There is a form of osteoarthritis that is genetic and runs in families. Women are mostly affected and it often starts in your 40s or 50s, around the menopause. When menstruation ends and it’s no longer possible to have children.
We also encourage you to be pro-active to help yourself with the symptoms and prevention of deterioration. One of our team has provided this guide to help you.
- Osteoarthritis in fingers of the of your hand usually affects the base of your thumb too.
- Expect your joints to become swollen and tender ; especially when the condition first appears.
- After many years with the condition you will see firm knobbly swellings form on the finger joints. These are caused by osteophytes and are known as “Heberden’s nodes” when they’re at the end joints of your fingers or “Bouchard’s nodes” when they’re at the mid-finger joints. Once the nodes are fully formed, the pain and tenderness often improve.
- Although the fingers are knobbly and sometimes slightly bent, they usually still work well. Arthritis at the base of your thumb may cause more severe problems in future.
If you already suffer from “nodal” osteoarthritis in middle age it might mean you are more likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knee, and possibly other joints, as you get older. Nodal osteoarthritis is especially likely to be passed from mother to daughter. It’s not yet known which genes are involved so it’s not possible to test for this. Osteoarthritis Information
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Information with thanks from arthritisresearchuk.org