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Osteoarthritis of the Hand

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease in which the cushioning cartilage that covers the bone surfaces at joints begins to wear out. It may be caused by simple "wear and tear" on joints, or it may develop after an injury. Arthritis of the hand can be both painful and disabling.

Our Approach to Osteoarthritis of the Hand

When treating osteoarthritis in the hands, our goals are to relieve pain and restore function. We begin with nonsurgical approaches, such as physical and occupational therapy and medications. If these prove ineffective, surgery may be necessary.

UCSF's team of highly trained orthopedic surgeons includes specialists in the hand, wrist and arm. Using the latest techniques and technology, they offer options ranging from removal of excess bone to joint replacement.

Awards & recognition

  • usnews-neurology

    Among the top hospitals in the nation

  • usnews-orthopedics

    One of the nation's best for orthopedic care

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.