When is Joint Replacement Needed in the Fingers?
When arthritis progresses enough, deformities of the finger are more common, and a crooked finger can be expected. To better help patients who may need finger joint replacement, we’ve outlined the operation and detailed when a person can expect that recommendation.
Arthritis in the finger joint is usually approached with conservative, non-surgical treatments, due to the fact that we don’t walk on our hands and most people can manage the symptoms with simple treatments. The primary treatment approach for finger arthritis includes:
- joint supplements
- joint injections
- oral medications
- heat treatments
- hand exercises
If the conservative treatments don’t provide sufficient relief, surgery may be recommended.