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Arthritis in the Hands and Fingers

Arthritis in your hands

The joints in your hands and fingers may be the most delicate in the body. At their best, they work together like a well-oiled machine and help you do your daily activities with ease.

There are over 100 different types of arthritis. The three main types are osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Each type develops differently, but all can be painful and lead to loss of function and deformity.

Pain

In its earliest stages, arthritis causes a dull, burning sensation in your fingers. You might experience this pain after an active day when you’ve used your hands more than usual. Pain in the early stages of arthritis may come and go.

As arthritis worsens, more cartilage wears away. Without the protective barrier to cushion your delicate joints, you may have pain even when you don’t use your hands, or when you use them very little. Pain might become so severe that it wakes you up from your sleep.