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Finger arthritis treatment

There are two main types of arthritis that affect the fingers: rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

What is finger arthritis treatment?

Finger arthritis treatment is available at BMI Healthcare to treat arthritis affecting the fingers. There are two main types of arthritis that affect the fingers: rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. 

Rheumatoid arthritis can cause inflammation in the finger joints, often making the finger knuckles stiff and painful to move. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of finger arthritis. It involves the cartilage between the finger joints to gradually wear away, causing pain and restricted movement.

What are finger arthritis symptoms?

Common symptoms of finger arthritis include:

  • Finger swelling
  • Stiff fingers
  • Finger joint pain
  • Decreased finger motion
  • Finger joint deformity

What causes finger arthritis?

The exact causes of arthritis are unknown. However, it often affects people as they age and while it affects both men and women, women are more likely to suffer from this condition. 

Finger arthritis treatment options:

For early stage to moderate finger arthritis, non-surgical treatments may be recommended. 

Non-surgical treatment options for finger arthritis include:

  • Hand therapy - Often performed by an occupational therapist, hand therapy can reduce pain and stiffness caused by finger arthritis
  • Medications - Your GP may prescribe medications to you. These can reduce the pain and the joint inflammation caused by the arthritis
  • Cortisone injections - This is an anti-inflammation medication that can be administered by injection
  • Splints - Splints help to support the fingers affected by arthritis and reduce joint stiffness

Finger Arthritis Surgery

There are several surgical options to treat finger arthritis. These include the small joints of the finger digits being replaced using either a silastic or a metal like implant. This can take the pain away and restore function of the hand to a large extent. This treatment operation is usually performed as a day case under a general anaesthetic.

Another option is known as finger joint fusion. This involves fusing the joints together so that they are set in a permanent fixed position. Although this means the joint will no longer be able to bend, it should relieve the pain caused by the arthritis.

Specialists offering Finger arthritis treatment

Mr Jagwant Singh

Consultant Orthopaedic, Trauma & Specialist Upper limb Surgeon

MBBS, MRCS, FRCS (Tr & Orth)

The Blackheath Hospital 1 more The London Independent Hospital

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Mr Dimitrios Karadaglis

Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon

MRCS, MSc, Dip Orth, FRCS(Tr&Orth)

The Blackheath Hospital 2 more The London Independent Hospital The Sloane Hospital

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Dr Shabaaz Mughal

Consultant Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician

MBBS, MRCGP, MSC(Sport & Exercise Medicine), FFSEM (UK), PGC (Musculoskeletal Ultrasound)

The London Independent Hospital

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Mr Ali Noorani

Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon Upper Limb (Shoulder & Elbow)

MBBS BSc (Hons) MRCS FRCS (Trauma & Orth)

The London Independent Hospital

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Mr Mohamed Meh Shibu

Consultant Plastic Reconstruction Surgeon

MB BS, FRCS(Ed), FRCS(Plast)

The London Independent Hospital

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