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Health Tip: When Arthritis Affects the Hands

Signs that you may need treatment

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(HealthDay News) -- Arthritis in the hands can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks. While the condition can be managed with proper medical care, first you must recognize its common warning signs.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers this list:

  • Dull or burning pain in the fingers and hands, especially after you've been holding tightly to an object for an extended period.
  • Swelling and warmth in and around the joints.
  • A feeling of being able to move the joints less easily.
  • A feeling that the joints in your hand are grinding together.
  • A feeling that your joints are loose, or not as stable as they once were.
  • Cysts, or small bumps that appear around the joints of the fingers.

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