How does osteoarthritis affect the hands?

Osteoarthritis in the hands occurs when cartilage, or the protective slippery cushion of tissue that lines the many joints in your hands, becomes damaged and unable to its job. Joints in the hands can become swollen and painful to move. This can occur from trauma or repetitive stress to the joint. Over time, the joint cartilage breaks down to the point of bone-on-bone contact. This can be very painful and can lead to disability.

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