The word arthritis is used to describe pain, swelling and stiffness in a joint or joints. Arthritis is not a single condition and there are several different types.
The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. It is estimated that around 8.75 million people in the UK have seen a doctor about osteoarthritis.
Arthritis can affect all the joints in the hands.
All forms of hand arthritis can cause stiffness, swelling, and pain.
Dealing with arthritis
The goals in treating osteoarthritis are to relieve pain and restore function.