Hand/Finger Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
There are 29 different bones in the hands, with many of them converging at joints in the fingers and thumbs. Arthritis, or inflammation of the joints, is common in the fingers and hands, causing chronic pain and limiting mobility. There is not a cure for rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, but there are treatments that can relieve inflammation for decreased pain and improved joint function. Our pain experts at Medici Medical Arts can create a treatment plan to help manage hand and finger arthritis pain to improve the quality of life for our patients.
Causes and Symptoms of Finger/Thumb Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. When the cartilage that protects the bones deteriorates, joint movement can cause friction and inflammation. Injuries, aging and other factors increase the risk of arthritis. The joints become stiff and painful, limiting movement. In the hand and fingers, arthritis is most common in the joint at the base of the thumb and in the middle and top joints of the fingers. Thumb and finger arthritis make it difficult to grip or pinch, limiting the ability to open containers, write or make precise movements with the hand.
Pain Relief for Hand Arthritis
Osteoarthritis is a progressive and degenerative disease. Symptoms become worse over time. A slight stiffness and dull ache in the fingers and thumb can become worse over time. Controlling inflammation and reducing cartilage deterioration can help slow down degeneration and improve symptoms. Treatments can include physical therapy, hand massage, medication management and injection therapy. Our pain doctors at Medici Medical Arts can create a comprehensive treatment plan for patients with hand arthritis to give them relief.
You do not need to live with the pain of arthritis. Come see us at Medici Medical Arts to begin treatment to control arthritis pain and improve your hand function. We have clinics in the greater Atlanta area for arthritis pain management.