How to Diagnose and Treat Hand Osteoarthritis?

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Diagnosis

To diagnose a hand osteoarthritis, your doctor may look at your hands and ask you questions about your symptoms and family history. Besides, you'll probably get X-rays, too.

Treatment

In general, common treatment options of hand osteoarthritis include:
  • Exercise and steps to protect your joints.
  • Assistive devices.
  • Ice or heat, like a warm washcloth or a paraffin bath.
  • Skin treatments.
  • Medicated creams with painkillers.
  • Painkiller pills.
  • Acetaminophen and NSAIDs like ibuprofen can ease pain.
  • Cortisone shots.
  • Supplements, many people take glucosamine and chondroitin supplements for OA, but there's no clear evidence they help.
  • Surgery.
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