Arthritis

Hand Arthritis in San Diego, CA

Arthritis is from the Greek for joint (arthro) and inflammation (-itis). Joint damage from hand arthritis can have multiple origins: Recent or remote injury (post-traumatic arthritis).  Wear and tear (degenerative arthritis).  Inflammatory conditions which affect the joints (rheumatoid arthritis, connective tissue disorders, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout and others).

Arthritis involving the hand and arm can cause pain, stiffness, weakness and deformity.  Hand arthritis can affect the performance of athletes, musicians, and workers as well as affect daily activity and sleep. Treatment, like for severe knee and hip arthritis, can include joint replacement.  Treatment options will be discussed at your office visit and a personalized approach recommended.   Find links to the most hand arthritis conditions below.

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Dr. Balourdas blog article: Thumb Basal Joint Arthritis

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery: Arthritis of the Thumb, Arthritis of the Hand, Arthritis of the Wrist, Arthritis of the Shoulder, Arthritis

CDC Fact Page: Basic Arthritis Questions