Osteoarthritis is a form of rheumatism and the most common rheumatic disease within the body. For example, in 2017 about 1.2 million people were diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is most commonly diagnosed in: women, people over the age of 45, overweight people and people with high levels of osteoarthritis 'in the family'.
Within the hand, it is often the joints where osteoarthritis is common. The cartilage of the joints is affected. Hand osteoarthritis is a rheumatic disease that can occur in the entire body. It is often thought that osteoarthritis is a wear and tear on the joints or bones. That is why you often hear people say, "My joints in my fingers are worn out ?!" However, the word "worn out" is not entirely correct. A so-called change has occurred in the joints.
An extra piece of insight: a joint is a connection between two bone parts. Cartilage is located against the articular surface of the bone. Cartilage is smooth tissue that allows the joint to hinge smoothly. In (hand) arthrosis, this cartilage is deformed; it has become thinner and softer. This will make the joints less likely to move, making movement in the fingers feel painful and stiff.
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The course of osteoarthritis differs per person and per joint. You may have many complaints in your hand, but it may also be that you experience few complaints. The thing that helps to deal better with hand OA is to inform and to be advised by a specialist. They provide advice with regard to medication, physiotherapy and medical & orthopedic aids ( ProBrace ).
You can use a brace or bandage to support your joint. Do you have arthrosis in your hand? Then choose a hand brace or hand bandage from ProBrace. We are happy to advise you on the wrist braces and wrist bandages that we offer.
A hand brace offers extra stability in everyday operations. We can advise the following wrist braces for you: