Finger arthritis represents a health condition characterized by inflammation of the joints in the fingers, accompanied by discomfort and pain. Finger arthritis can be caused by various types of arthritis, with the most common being osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, or septic arthritis.

The main symptoms of finger arthritis are pain in the fingers, swollen joints in the fingers of the hands, and in severe cases, joint deformities. Physionova Center provides treatment for finger arthritis using innovative FSWT method, which rapidly reduces pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, leading to a faster recovery process. In addition to finger arthritis, FSWT therapy can also treat the following types of arthritis:

  • Knee arthritis
  • Hand arthritis
  • Ankle arthritis
  • Jaw arthritis
  • Neck arthritis

What is the first symptom of rheumatoid arthritis in the fingers?

One of the first and most common symptoms of finger arthritis is undoubtedly pain in the fingers, and the intensity of pain can vary from mild to intense and is usually present during movement but can occur even at rest. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis:

  • Pain in the fingers
  • Reduced finger mobility
  • Joint deformities
  • Swollen joints in the fingers of the hand

How to recognize rheumatoid finger arthritis?

Pain usually originates from inflammation in the joints, resulting in discomfort that may limit finger function. Inflammation accompanying finger arthritis causes swelling and redness in the affected areas, and swelling and edema in the joints are the main cause of reduced mobility.

Joints affected by arthritis may become warm to the touch due to the inflammatory process occurring within them, and heat may be present even when swelling is not visible. One of the most striking symptoms of finger arthritis is the so-called morning stiffness, meaning that individuals with this problem find it difficult to move their fingers after rest, especially in the morning after waking up.

What types of arthritis exist?

Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, affects not only other joints in the body but also the joints of the fingers. As the cartilage covering the ends of the bones gradually deteriorates, pain, swelling, and reduced mobility of the fingers occur. In addition to osteoarthritis, an autoimmune condition called rheumatoid arthritis can affect the joints in the fingers.

Joints become inflamed, accompanied by pain and swelling. This type of arthritis often occurs in people with psoriasis (a skin disorder). Psoriatic arthritis affects the joints of the fingers, causing similar symptoms to other forms of arthritis. One of the most common forms of arthritis is gout, which affects the big toe. This type of arthritis causes the formation of uric acid crystals in the joints, resulting in sudden and severe pain.

Natural remedy for rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain

Many people with arthritis choose to seek various alternatives instead of treatment, such as:

  • Natural remedies for psoriatic arthritis
  • Arthritis cream
  • Natural remedy for rheumatoid arthritis
  • Exercises for rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Natural remedy for arthritis

However, these alternative forms of treatment are often not effective enough and will not lead to significant relief of symptoms. Physionova Center provides treatment for arthritis using modern FSWT method, which rapidly relieves pain, reduces swelling, and alleviates arthritis symptoms twice as fast.

Although arthritis most commonly occurs in older adults, this condition can certainly also occur in younger people, and arthritis in children (juvenile arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) has been recorded.

Morning stiffness as a symptom of finger arthritis

One of the characteristic symptoms of finger arthritis is morning stiffness, meaning that it is difficult to move the fingers after prolonged rest and relaxation overnight. Morning stiffness may be one of the earliest signs of inflammation in the joints. Finger arthritis can lead to loss of joint mobility, especially in later stages of the disease. Reduced mobility can significantly hinder everyday activities such as writing, grasping objects, and even dressing

Changes such as indentations, irregularities, or changes in nail color can also be signs of arthritis. Advanced arthritis can lead to changes in finger shape, along with joint deformities. In addition to compromising finger aesthetics, deformities significantly affect hand functionality. Depending on the symptoms, treatment for finger arthritis may include anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medications, physical therapy, exercises, and even surgical procedures in severe cases.

Causes of finger arthritis

Arthritis is an autoimmune disease, meaning it occurs when the immune system, whose role is to protect the body, mistakenly attacks its own joints. Degradation of the synovial membrane, which lines the inside of the joints, occurs, which can lead to damage. The exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis is not fully understood, but a combination of genetic, environmental, and immune factors is believed to contribute to the development of this condition

Can finger arthritis be inherited genetically?

It has been found that there is a hereditary component in the development of arthritis, which means that if family members have arthritis, the risk of the disease occurring in their offspring increases. Exposure to certain environmental factors may contribute to the onset of rheumatoid arthritis in individuals with a genetic predisposition, such as infections, smoking, and hormonal changes.

There are certain links between hormonal changes and the onset of rheumatoid arthritis; for example, some forms of hormone therapy or changes in pregnancy can affect the course of the disease. Additionally, research suggests a possible role of bacteria and viruses in triggering autoimmune reactions that lead to rheumatoid arthritis, but it is important to note that specific microorganisms associated with this condition have not yet been isolated.

Rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy

Pregnancy can have a significant impact on the course of rheumatoid arthritis, and likewise, arthritis can affect pregnancy. In some women, rheumatoid arthritis symptoms may improve during pregnancy, while in others, they may worsen.

Additionally, certain medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis may have a negative impact on pregnancy, so it is advisable to avoid them. For this reason, it is important to inform a rheumatologist if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

How to cure arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis physical therapy

Treatment for finger arthritis involves a combination of various medical treatments, lifestyle changes, and physical therapy. Biological therapy for arthritis and anti-inflammatory medications are often recommended. At Physionova Center, arthritis treatment is carried out using modern FSWT therapy, which produces exceptional results in relieving pain and swelling caused by finger arthritis.

This innovative therapy emits acoustic, focused waves that penetrate tissue up to 12.5cm deep and regenerate joints affected by arthritis. The deep penetration of acoustic waves alleviates symptoms and pain, with its main advantage over the usual approach to arthritis treatment being that the entire therapy process takes half as long.

Physionova offers various therapy protocols tailored to the type of arthritis, and after the first therapy, pain is reduced by as much as 30%. After completing the treatment, affected joints are in significantly better condition than before.




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