What Are The Risk Factors Of Hand Arthritis? 

The hands are probably two of the most useful body parts we have. Can you imagine doing your daily routine, such as cooking, scrolling your smartphone, and answering a crossword puzzle in the newspaper without your hands? Hands are also prone to health conditions, including a trigger finger and a ganglion cyst in Singapore.

Hand arthritis is a hand condition that affects a significant number of people in Singapore. It is a degenerative joint disease that causes the joint to swell and wear, bringing the pain.

Here are the risk factors of hand arthritis:

1. AGE

Similar to arthritis you experience on the other parts of the body, such as your knees and shoulders, age can aggravate hand arthritis. People’s joints and cartilage wear out over the years, eventually leading to arthritis.

The early symptoms of hand arthritis begin to appear once the person hits the age of 50, and the pain becomes chronic at the age of 60 to 70.

2. SEX

Females are at greater risk of developing hand arthritis than men. Women have high oestrogen hormones in the body; however, once they hit menopause, the oestrogen levels decline rapidly. When it happens, women experience more arthritis-related pain.

Although studies are still needed to pinpoint the role of oestrogen in arthritis, one thing is for sure, oestrogen levels influence the development of hand arthritis.

3. GENETIC DISPOSITION

Unlike trigger fingers, hand arthritis is hereditary. There are types of arthritis that can be inherited, such as rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing. So if your grandmother, mother, or relative has arthritis, there is a high chance that you can develop it, too, especially at an advanced age.

But luckily, similar to trigger finger treatment in Singapore, procedures to reduce the symptoms of arthritis are widely available and accessible in the country.

4. TRAUMA OR PRE-EXISTING INJURY

Hand trauma or pre-existing injuries in the hands, fingers, and wrists can contribute to the onset of hand arthritis. For instance, fixing a broken bone or a mummy’s wrist through hand surgery can damage the joints. Eventually, this damage can worsen and lead to hand arthritis even after the injury has healed.

5. REPETITIVE MOVEMENTS

People who use their hands for intense repetitive movements are at risk of hand arthritis. The movement wears out the joints, causing the onset of hand arthritis. Among people at risk are carpenters, construction workers, office staff, artists and painters.

The best way to determine if you are at risk of hand arthritis is by consulting your doctor.

Advanced Hand Wrist & Nerve Centre provides treatment and procedures for hand arthritis, mummy’s wrist, trigger finger, and ganglion cyst in Singapore. Visit the Advanced Hand Wrist & Nerve Centre today.