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Signs & Symptoms Orthopedics

Osteoarthritis of the Hand
Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms include stiffness, swelling, loss of motion and pain. Bony nodules, which are small knots or swellings, may develop. When at the middle joint of one or more fingers, these swellings are called Bouchard's nodes. When located at the fingertip, they are called Heberden's nodes. The joints become enlarged and the fingers crooked.

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