Osteoarthritis and Pain Go Hand in Hand

October 22, 2014

A 56-year-old woman presents with persistent pain and tenderness in both hands. A workup reveals she has erosive osteoarthritis. Which factors are most strongly associated with increased pain?

A 56-year-old woman presents to your office with persistent pain and tenderness in both hands on palpation. Her body mass index (BMI) is 37 kg/m2, and her blood pressure is 135/85 mm Hg. A workup reveals that the patient has erosive osteoarthritis of the hand.

Which factors are most strongly associated with increased pain in erosive OA of the hand?