Arthritis is a common condition that attacks the joints of the body, particularly the fingers. When you develop arthritis in your fingers you may be wondering what your treatment options are. After all, dealing with stiff, weak or pained finger joints can make everyday tasks a major challenge. Here’s how our Haymarket, VA, orthopaedic surgeon can help.
Is it arthritis?
The obvious symptom of arthritis is joint pain. The pain may also be accompanied by stiffness. You may find that resting the achy joints can actually make symptoms worse. Some joints may even feel warm to the touch if there is significant inflammation present.
The symptoms you experience will depend on the type of arthritis you have, whether it’s osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. For example, rheumatoid arthritis can cause pain and weakness of the joints of the finger, which can cause them to hyperextend or bend rather than appear straight.
What are my treatment options?
If you are experiencing joint pain in your fingers or anywhere on your body, it’s important that you seek a proper evaluation and diagnosis from one of our Haymarket, VA, orthopaedic specialists. Since arthritis is progressive it’s important to implement the proper treatment options to slow the progression.
Nonsurgical treatment options will usually be the first line of defense against treating your arthritis symptoms. Treatment options include,
- Physical therapy: We will provide you with strengthening, stretching and range-of-motion exercises that you can do from the comfort of your own home to ease symptoms.
- Pain medication: Pain management may come in the form of an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen or a doctor can prescribe a stronger medication to treat more serious joint pain, stiffness and inflammation.
- Cortisone injections: If swelling and pain aren’t properly managed through certain medications, or if symptoms are severe, cortisone injections can provide relief for symptoms that are more difficult to manage.
Should I consider artificial joint replacement surgery?
If the joint is severely damaged, causing you severe pain or making it difficult to perform your daily tasks then our orthopaedic physicians may recommend getting an artificial joint replacement. This can help reduce pain, restore range of motion and also improve the overall alignment and appearance of your hand. During artificial joint replacement, our doctors will replace the damaged joint with a prosthetic to restore functionality in the fingers.
If you have questions about artificial joint replacement surgery here in Manassas or Haymarket, VA, call Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists at (703) 369-9070.