Experts have identified the likelihood that someone may have osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, if they suffer from stiffness “especially in the morning.”
The charity Creaky Joints explained: “Osteoarthritis can cause pain, stiffness (especially in the morning) and swelling in the joints of the hands.
“The symptoms of osteoarthritis usually get worse in the hands of the patient,” said Dr. Kevin Wayne.
However, the stiffness you feel in your hand may be transient, as the sensation may ease in as little as five to fifteen minutes.
Creaky Joints experts note that hand pain can also be a sign of Dupuytren’s contracture, a condition in which “the tissues of the palm and fingers become thick and tight, causing the fingers to curl inward.”
People who smoke, drink a lot of alcohol, or have seizures or diabetes are more likely to develop the condition.
And if the pain in the hand is caused by osteoporosis, then over time additional bones known as “bone spurs” can develop in the joints (bone spurs (osteophytes) often form where the bones touch, that is, in the joints. It is also possible that they form at bones in your spine).
It is recommended to see a doctor if you suspect that you have arthritis. For pain relief, Dr. Wayne recommends “using a combination of heat and ice.”
He explained, “Heat therapy is helpful in the morning for joint pain relief, while ice therapy is best later in the day after an active day.”
Dr. Wayne also recommends that patients with hand osteoarthritis work with a chiropractor.
Creaky Joints recommends hand exercises for people with hand osteoarthritis.
One exercise that will help keep your joints moving is the “clench your fist.”
The charity explains: “Start with straight fingers and then slowly curl your hand into a fist. Make sure your thumb is on the outside of your hand. Don’t press too hard, then straighten it again.”
Another exercise you can try is the finger raise, which requires you to place your palm flat on the table. next finger.
It may even be helpful to form a “C” shape with your hands, as if you were about to catch a small ball.
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