Have you been noticing any of these signs lately? These could be the signs of arthritis of the hand. Hand Osteoarthritis affects about 4-6% of the adult population and is listed in India's top 5 chronic diseases. This condition if left untreated, can make it difficult for a person to hold items, write, and carry out daily tasks, such as washing and getting dressed. Talk to your doctor if you suspect you have arthritis in your hands. Along with that a few simple lifestyle changes like hot and cold compression, soaking hands in warm water, and gently squeezing a sponge or rubber ball can help manage hand OA.