Get a Grip on Hand Arthritis

With age often comes arthritis of the hands, but simple treatments and aids can ease the pain and improve your functionality.

Just about anyone who lives long enough will develop hand arthritis. If the joints in your hand become sore, stiff and swollen, simple everyday activities like tying your shoes or using a screwdriver grow increasingly difficult. "Everyone gets arthritis sooner or later," says Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic surgeon William Seitz, MD. "The harder you use your hand, the more stress you place on it, plus the natural anatomy that youre born with, all of these have some degree of bearing on how early in life you get arthritis and how it manifests itself."
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