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 of the thumb develops osteoarthritis. The condition is more common after the age of 40. A combination of factors, including genetics, aging, injury, and repetitive motion may lead to thumb arthritis. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and a sometimes a grinding sensation at the base of the thumb. Grip requiring apposition …