EC Orthopaedics

Mini Review Volume 14 Issue 5 - 2023

Hand Osteoarthritis and Motor Function: What Does the 2023 Evidence Base Imply?

Ray Marks*

Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA

*Corresponding Author: Ray Marks, Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA.
Received: April 17, 2023; Published: April 25, 2023

Background: Osteoarthritis of the hand, a disabling painful health condition, has been a topic of great interest to clinicians, patients, and researchers for many years with no definitive consensus on its origins or most efficacious form of treatment or prevention. While various determinants such as age and occupation or both have been proposed to have an influence on this condition, perhaps more specific attention to its functional correlates such as muscle, often an osteoarthritis treatment target, may prove enlightening in this regard.

Aim: This mini review sought to examine what researchers have reported over the years concerning the role muscle function deficits may play in the progression of hand osteoarthritis in older adults, if any.

Methods: A search for the available English language related literature housed in several key data bases detailing the combined topics of hand osteoarthritis and motor/muscle function was undertaken in an effort to uncover what has been observed, and whether any observation is of special interest.

Results: Cumulative findings appear to support an important role for efforts to examine muscle function and treat this accordingly where subnormal in adults with or at risk for hand osteoarthritis.

Conclusion: Future well-designed case studies of various hand osteoarthritis samples using clinically relevant biomechanical, neurological, and biochemical outcome instruments are likely to prove extremely valuable in explaining the disease etiology and averting the onset and progression of disabling hand osteoarthritis manifestations.

Keywords: Hand Function; Hand Osteoarthritis; Motor Function; Older Adults

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Ray Marks., et al. “Hand Osteoarthritis and Motor Function: What Does the 2023 Evidence Base Imply?”. EC Orthopaedics 14.5 (2023): 13-26.