Arthritis Symptoms & Treatment for the Fingers and Hands
|Duration||1 - 2 hours|
|Recovery||Strenuous activity will not be possible for approximately 2 months|
|Addresses||Persistent pain in the joints of the fingers or thumb|
In each hand there are at least 20 joints, all of which can be susceptible to arthritis. The most common sites for arthritis are the base of the thumb and the end or middle knuckles of the fingers. Where arthritis affects the hand, patients find that the pain reduces their strength and dexterity. Unfortunately there is no cure for arthritis and treatment is designed to alleviate symptoms.
Is this right for me?
If you have been suffering with painful joints in the hand which affect your ability to do daily activities or wakes you at night, treatment for arthritis will help you to be more comfortable.
There are a variety of options available depending on the joints which are involved with the condition and your specialist will provide a detailed assessment and explanation of these options. It may be possible to provide some treatment on the day of your consultation and, if you choose to have surgery this is typically a day-case operation. Surgery involves removing worn-out, painful joint surfaces and in some cases a miniature joint replacement may be used.
What the procedure involves
For persistent painful finger and thumb joints it's possible to do surgical joint replacement, joint-fusion or to remove affected bone. All of these choices are very effective for relieving pain although they take a few months to recover from. Day case surgery is available for these and it is usually possible to do cases as awake surgery (local anaesthetic). Hand therapy will be required after surgery for several months. Strenuous activity will not be possible for approximately 2 months.
Symptoms of Arthritis
- Early symptoms of arthritis of the hand include joint pain and a dull ache
- The arthritic joint may also give a burning sensation and feel warm to touch.
- There may be a sensation of grating or grinding in the affected joint
- Swelling in the affected joint
One of our team of experienced physicians will examine the affected area and determine which arthritis treatment will be best for you. Treatments for arthritis in the hand initially include splints and the use of oral pain killers. Where these are not effective, the next step can be to inject steroid into the affected joint to relieve pain and improve function. These injections can be administered on the day of your first consultation. It takes about a week for injections to work and in most cases they are effective for a few months.
For persistent painful finger and thumb joints it’s possible to carry out surgical joint replacement, joint-fusion, or to remove the affected bone.
Arthritis Treatment RecoveryAll of these choices are very effective in pain relief, although they take a few months to recover from. Day case surgery is available and it is usually possible for such cases to be treated as awake-surgery (local anaesthetic). Hand therapy will be required after surgery for a number of months, and strenuous activity will not be possible for approximately 2 months.11th May 2015 28th February 2017
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