Do you hear snap, crackle, pop when you move your hand around? This cracking is not the cereal talking; it's your carpals screaming for relief. Osteoarthritis is a disease that causes bone changes and degeneration of the cushion or cartilage between the joints. When the cartilage begins to disappear; bone begins to rub against bone causing pain and swelling. Osteoarthritis is common, and left untreated will cause instability in the wrist joint. In severe cases, use of the hand will be affected. If you have morning stiffness in the wrist, swelling, cracking or instability have a doctor examine you.
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