Arthritis Conditions (Basal joint, rheumatoid, osteoarthritis)
Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints. As joints become inflamed, they can appear to be enlarged, and movement may become painful. Movement of the joints may also be difficult due to the inflammation. Overtime, as the cartilage in the joints wears down, movement may continue to become more painful. The inflammation and the wearing down of the cartilage may also lead to a weakening of the surrounding soft tissues like tendons and ligaments.
There are different types of arthritis, with some being more common than others.
Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is common among people over the age of 60. Age, overuse, and infections can all be contributing factors to the development of osteoarthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the synovium in the joints, causing the synovium to swell and do damage to the joints and the surrounding area.
Arthritis can also be due to inflammation in other areas of the body, caused by diseases like gout and lupus.
All of these types of arthritis can lead to pain and rigidity in the hands and wrists. To determine what type of arthritis you have and how to treat it, see a specialist with experience treating arthritis in the hands and wrists.