If you’re experiencing pain, tenderness and limited mobility in your hand, wrist or fingers it’s time to see an orthopedic specialist. Early diagnosis and treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis in Fingers and hand issue can resolve a problem before it can have a long-term effect on hand function.
It can be musculoskeletal conditions and will take you from diagnosis through rehabilitation with a goal of keeping your hands active and fingers moving.
As our population ages, there are more of these wear and tear conditions as cartilage breaks down over time.
As we rely on our hand and digits for so many daily tasks any discomfort or weakness can have a significant impact on daily living.
Although there’s no known cure for osteoarthritis the good news is there are treatment options for Rheumatoid Arthritis in Hands and Fingers available to provide relief and manage the disease.
Innovative and minimally invasive techniques are used mainly for diagnosis and treatment of arthritis in Fingers.
It starts with a conservative approach whenever possible including the implementation of changes in how some hand activities are performed,
- Joint Protection Techniques such as splinting
- Strategies for managing pain
- Swelling with Anti-Inflammatory Medications, heat or cold therapy
- Periodic Corticosteroid Injections
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
for the affected area.
When Surgery Needed for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Fingers
As the last result surgery may be necessary. In determining whether a surgical option is right for you we consider the severity of your pain and loss of function.
The states of the cartilage and other tissues in and around the affected joint and how much mobility you require in your hand wrist or thumb to do your daily activities.
Surgical options in the later stages of arthritis include arthroplasty or joint replacement and arthrodesis or joint fusion.
Arthroplasty and Arthrodesis are performed on an outpatient basis.
After surgery, you have to probably wear a splint or cast for up to six weeks.
Afterward, support can be provided through hand therapy to help you regain hand strength and mobility and improve the quality of life.
Pain-related to arthritis or CMC joint arthritis does not have to be debilitating.