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Everything to Know About Generalized Osteoarthritis with Heberden


Bone swellings that occur due to osteoarthritis.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 27 million Americans over age 25 have osteoarthritis.(1)

- Requires a medical diagnosis
- Laboratory tests and imaging are required
- Can be acute in most cases

Generalized osteoarthritis with Heberden typically occurs in the hands where the bony growths can occur near the fingertips, which are also known as the distal interphalangeal joints. When the Heberden nodes form on the finger joints, the cartilages are softened, and they are disintegrated in such a way that they are worn down.

Ages affected - between 20 - 30 - fewer; between 30 - 40 - more often; 40 and above - most often


Most of the times, symptoms may include loss of joint movements and pain or swelling in the infected areas.

People may experience
Pain areas – Hands and joint muscles
Stiffness – Around the swelled up portion
Inability to perform – Daily activities can be restricted because of the inability to perform


Self-care: For inability to move joint muscles, doing several motion exercises related to mobility can help to bring down the inactiveness.

Medications: For other emergencies regarding pain or swelling, anti-inflammatory drugs can be useful.

Specialists: For other kinds, consult a specialist. At mfine, we are here with orthopedic surgeons to help you with your osteoarthritis health issues and matters, so that you can live healthy and fine.

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