The hands and wrists are made up of several small joints that work together to produce motion. Arthritis of the hand occurs when one or more of these joints succumb to inflammation. Many times arthritis is the result of disease or trauma that leads to cartilage loss, but it can be a result of aging.
Arthritis can occur in multiple areas of the hand and wrist, and if left untreated, joints can begin to lose their shape, resulting in extreme discomfort and loss of mobility.
It is estimated that nearly 50 million Americans suffer from painful arthritis symptoms. Here is the breakdown of people affected by arthritis:
- 50% of people 65 or older
- Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65
- 34 million Caucasian, 5 million African American, and 3 million Hispanics
- 25.9% of women and 18.3% of men report diagnosis
- Adults with arthritis are 54% more likely to be obese