Joint Pain in Hands
Pain in various joints of the hand may be due to different reasons.
One possibility is rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which is an autoimmune disorder affecting various joints, especially hand joints. This disease is an inflammatory response of the body against its own self.
The synovial lining of the joint gets affected, leading to swelling and puffiness in the joints. Joints may also get red, painful and warm. RA is more common among women and diagnosed by the presence of Rheumatoid factor in the blood, in conjunction with physical examination and x-ray. Treatment includes NSAIDs painkillers such as ibuprofen (Motrin), Advil and drugs like methotrexate.
Other autoimmune disorders like SLE (lupus) and scleroderma also need to be ruled out. Here, various different joints of the body get affected, hands being the commonest ones. Joints become so soft, as if getting dissolved. Hands are unable to perform their functions like holding objects. Diagnostic tests include specialized antibody assays. Their treatment involves immunosuppressive drugs such as cyclophosphamide.