Pain in the joints of the fingers is a symptom of a number of diseases that have a different origin and a degree of danger to the health of the patient, his normal functioning in the public environment. The intensity of pain depends both on the disease and the stage of its development, and on the actions of the patient.
Causes of pain in the joints of the fingers
One of the factors that provoke pain in the joint can be its mechanical damage: impact, dislocation, etc. The injury is often accompanied by additional signs, such as swelling and redness. The pain in the injured arm joint becomes more intense with movement and disappears in a state of complete rest.
The second most common cause is arthritis, an inflammatory disease of the joints of the hands and other parts of the body. Arthritis pain is accompanied by swelling of the hands in the affected area, reddening of the skin, fever, or involvement of parts of the body other than the small joints of the fingers. In the later stages, arthritis is manifested by deformity of the joints and, consequently, of the hands.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of finger pain. With this disease, joint deformity is inevitable, and the development of symptoms occurs gradually in symmetrically located joints. In addition to pain, osteoarthritis is characterized by numbness and stiffness in the affected areas. Most often, this disease develops in patients older than 50 years.
Finger pain can also cause gout. Its typical symptoms are not only pain, but also burning, redness of the epidermis, simultaneous involvement of the joints of the hands and feet.
It is believed that half of the world's population, whose age is over 60 years, has injuries and changes of varying severity in the small joints, which also applies to the hands.
Which doctor should I go to?
Since pain in the joints of the fingers can be provoked by various events, their treatment is carried out by different specialists: a rheumatologist and a traumatologist. As a rule, at the time of contacting the clinic, the patient has suspicions about the factors that caused the pain in the joints and is referred to the appropriate doctor. The best solution in such a situation is to visit an osteopathy specialist for proper diagnosis and therapy.
Timely treatment contributes to the maximum speed of recovery. Also, it is worth considering that diseases and injuries that cause joint pain lead to serious and dangerous complications that cannot be prevented without medical intervention.
Osteopathic Diagnosis for Finger Joint Pain
As in the case of diagnosis in a conventional clinic, the first step in determining the etiology of pain in the joints of the fingers is a patient survey. You need to tell the osteopathic doctor in detail about when and under what circumstances the joints began to hurt, with what movements the fingers of the sick hand feel particular discomfort, whether parents or close relatives suffer from similar diseases, etc.
In later stages of disease detection, the patient is examined visually and manually. As a rule, such an examination is sufficient, but in special cases, an X-ray may be required to obtain a more detailed picture of the disease.
Osteopathic treatment for finger pain
Since pain in the joints of the fingers is not an independent disease, but only its symptom, treatment should be aimed primarily at eliminating the causes of its occurrence.
To reduce the intensity and stop pain in the area of one or more joints, drug therapy in osteopathy is usually not used, since after one or two procedures the pain goes away on its own without medication. This is especially true in situations where the patient, for some reason, cannot take a large number of medications.
During the course of osteopathic procedures, restoration occurs:
- Normal joint structure;
- Full mobility of the hands without pain;
- Interactions of all tissues of the extremities, conditions for the functioning of the joint;
- Adequate blood circulation and innervation;
- Increased level of regenerative abilities.
After the end of the course, the pain not only dims and stops, but also does not appear for a long time.
Additional treatments for joint pain
In addition to osteopathy, specialists may recommend other exposure methods for rehabilitation purposes. It is mandatory for patients to adjust the daily regimen of work and rest. People with joint pain need rest and minimal manual labor. If necessary, so that joint pain never manifests itself again, you need to change the type of professional activity if it involves a constant load on the joints.
In rare cases, sore finger joints undergo physiotherapy sessions, but as a rule, osteopathic sessions are enough to cure.
What to do after an osteopathy course for sore fingers?
It must be remembered that for a long time the healed joint and the hand as a whole require serious attention. Despite the fact that diseases that cause pain in the fingers and other parts of the body are completely neutralized after a course of osteopathic sessions, the patient's condition needs constant monitoring. Do not forget about the doctor's prescriptions, which must be strictly observed.
You can try popular recipes, but before using them, you should definitely consult a doctor. Among the remedies for pain in the fingers and joints, approved by experts:
- chestnut flower tincture;
- herbal preparations;
- apple cider vinegar compresses and lotions;
- Infusion of berries and lingonberry leaves.
Much attention should be paid to the diet. With painful joints, fatty foods, salt and hot spices should be excluded. Also, with pain in the fingers and other injuries of the joints and cartilage, it is necessary to give up alcohol and smoking.
Prevention of diseases of the fingers.
In order to prevent any of the joints from bothering with discomfort until old age, it is necessary to take preventive measures in time. The joints of the hands can ache due to frequent hypothermia, so you can not work in ice water, especially for a long time. During the cold season, warm gloves should be worn.
A healthy diet plays an important role in the condition of the joints, which should be regulated even after treatment, an active lifestyle is also important. However, the load should be moderate, otherwise it is fraught with injuries and new diseases of the fingers.
The joints of the hands need special massages aimed at relaxing and healing the tissues. You should not ignore the doctors' advice on systematic walks in the fresh air, which are useful not only for the joints, but also for the general fitness of each person. The guarantee of the excellent condition of the hands and their high performance is a regular visit to the osteopath for a preventive examination.