Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) of the Hand

Top Washington D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia Orthopedic Surgeons Specializing in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) of the Hand

Rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that can attack joints throughout the body, commonly affects the joints and surrounding tendons of the wrist and fingers. It can cause the joints to become swollen, painful and possibly deformed. This can interfere with normal hand function. It can significantly impact a person's quality of life.

What is rheumatoid arthritis?

This detailed video describes rheumatoid arthritis of the hand, including its causes, symptoms, and treatment. Treatment options include anti-inflammatory medications, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, and a class of drugs called biological response modifiers (commonly called biologics). Surgery may also be needed to correct deformities of the fingers that often result from the disease.