Arthritis in the hands is the most common location for osteoarthritis. Aching hands can be severely detrimental to quality of life, as some may have to give up their favorite hobbies or even a career due to the pain in the hands. Exercising the muscles around the joint is a common way to help relieve osteoarthritis pain, but this may be difficult with the hands. Treatment options include keeping the hands warm, anti-inflammatory medication or physical therapy.
Can I take pain medications if I am also taking Coumadin? The following story is fictional but is comprised from encounters with a few different patients I have seen over the years. I have changed details and combined the stories in order to comply with my patients' privacy. I had a patient come in the other day and tell me that she…