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A family member has chronic sore and swollen hands (wrist,

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A family member has chronic sore and swollen hands (wrist, fingers, hands). He does not have an occupation that would cause cumulative trauma disorder. He is 60 years old and since childhood has had a habit of vigorous hand wringing (stretching, bending, pinching, squeezing, and twisting of the base of fingers, wrist joint) he says that this activity gives him some relief from the chronic pain and he goes through the routine several time per day. I think that he gets a momentary release of endorphins from the wringing and that the wringing is actually making his condition worse long term. Is this excessive hand wringing healthy?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 4 months ago.

I suspect he has some type of inflammatory arthritis that can get better with movement like rheumatoid arthritis

I recommend he see a rheumatologist

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 4 months ago.

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