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Get a helping hand for pain
Hand osteoarthritis can be painful, but there are strategies to help you manage it and maintain function.
Your hands work hard from the moment they pick up your toothbrush in the morning to the time they pull your covers up at night. If you’ve got osteoarthritis in the joints of your hands, all those daily tasks can become more of a challenge.
Osteoarthritis is a common condition that occurs when the cartilage between the bones begins to break down. Cartilage acts as a smooth padding, cushioning the bones and allowing the joint to move freely. When it deteriorates, the bones may start to rub together, triggering inflammation that causes pain and stiffness.
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Maureen Salamon, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch
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