Understanding the Symptoms of Arthritis in Hands

Janice CarsonJanice Carson

Many symptoms of arthritis in hands you cannot see with the eye. You likely feel pain. The muscles and nerves in the fingers and hands respond to the effects of arthritis. Pain is a natural part of the reaction. Stiffness is another symptom you will likely not see, but feel, especially in the mornings. Besides stiffness and pain, another of the symptoms of arthritis in hands you won’t see all the time is pressure. The tension in the muscles and joints can put additional pressures on the hands. You will likely feel all of these symptoms of arthritis in hands at different times of the day, especially after using your hands for an extended period.

Symptoms of Arthritis in HandsSwelling is another of the common symptoms of arthritis in hands. You will most likely notice the swelling around the painful joints in your fingers. It will usually start around one or two joints. However, if you use your hands a great deal, that swelling can spread to other joints and even to areas of the hand without joints. This is one of the more obvious symptoms of arthritis in hands. A feeling of warmth is a companion of many other symptoms of arthritis in hands, especially swelling. When any part of the body begins to swell, warmth is a natural byproduct of it.

Another of the symptoms of arthritis in hands is changes in joints surrounding the effected ones. If one joint becomes very stiff, other joints in the area may become looser as a method of overcompensation. Many people report that one joint in a finger may stiffen and the next joint in the same finger becomes extremely flexible and loose. This creates a grip that is awkward, but still functional due to the over flexibility of the joint. It is one of the more unknown symptoms of arthritis in hands. A sensation of grinding is another of the symptoms of arthritis in hands. That happens when swelling prevents the free motion of a joint. Bones can grind against each other.

Cysts are one of the more unknown symptoms of arthritis in hands. When the arthritis works on the tips of the fingers, small can develop as a result. It is part of the wear and tear of the condition. With these and other symptoms of arthritis in hands, you may have to live with them. As the support structures of the joint wear away, looseness becomes another of the symptoms of arthritis in hands. That is when the hand compensates for a stiff joint by loosening others. You can also hear a grinding or popping noise as well.

 

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