Hand Osteoarthritis


Feeling stiffness and soreness in your hands and fingers? Osteoarthritis is a common condition in these areas. It is where, over time the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones slowly starts to break down. This leads to rubbing of ‘bone on bone’ and can cause tissue inflammation and pain  



Picture credit: Healthlink BC – https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/zm6124


The most common place for osteoarthritis in your hands are: 

  1. the base of the thumb
  2. the joints closest to the fingertip 
  3. the middle joint of the finger. 



Symptoms may include: 

  • Pain and swelling
  • Grating or grinding of the joint (known as crepitus) 
  • Loss of strength
  • Pain maybe worse in the colder weather



As Osteopaths we can help reduce inflammation but releasing tension in and around the symptomiuc area as well as provide tips to reduce pain moving forward. For more information or if you are struggling with hand pain, book an appointment with one of our osteopaths today (see link in bio)