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Have arthritis in my hands
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An_215745 posted:
I had a real bad break in my hand a few months ago. Now the knuckles in my hand and fingers are swollen, sore and very stiff. I've had OT for several months. The ortho said I may get 10% more use, gave me some ointment and sent me on my way.

My family doc said it's the rheumatoid joints. Does that mean I'm getting Rheumatoid Arthritis? Can a break set off arthritis in the hand like that? I can see one joint that is affected, but why all the joints in the hand?
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olathegal responded:
I had hand surgery which set off arthritis. The tests I had showed arthritis in both hands but the pain only affects the hand with the surgery. So, in my layman's opinion, yes, a break could set of arthritis that may had been lurking in your body.
 
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Scott Zashin, MD responded:
I would recommend a consultation a Rheumatologist and an orthopedic hand specialist to better asses what is going on with your hand. Uncommonly,some patients after an injury can develop a condition called complex regional pain syndrome.