Hand pain is one of the most common afflictions seen in a rheumatologist’s office. The diagnosis is often difficult to make because there are so many conditions that can cause pain in the hand.
Pain is a symptom – much like fever is – and it is not a diagnosis. Establishing the underlying cause of hand pain is important because some conditions that account for hand pain can lead to loss of normal function.
Here are a few of the common causes:
Arthritis at the base of the thumb
This occurs when the joint between the wrist and the base …