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Arthritis in Hands

Arthritis literally means “inflamed joint.” Normally a joint consists of two smooth, cartilage-covered bone surfaces that fit together and move smoothly against one another. Arthritis results when these smooth surfaces become irregular and don’t fit well together anymore–they wear out. Often, arthritis symptoms are gradual. For questions about arthritis in hands treatment in Eau Claire, contact Dr. Berschback today.


Hand arthritis symptoms include:

  • Joint pain in fingers, thumb or wrist
  • Finger stiffness or swelling
  • Loss of motion¬† in hand joints or muscles
  • Growth of bony bumps around joints

Each hand has 19 bones, plus 8 small bones, and the two forearm bones that form the wrist. Arthritis in hands can be both painful and disabling. The most common forms of arthritis of the hand are osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis (after an injury), and rheumatoid arthritis.

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