Pain in the joints of the fingers is a symptom of a number of diseases that have a different origin and degree of danger to the patient's health, his normal functioning in the public environment. The intensity of the pain depends both on the disease and its stage of development, as well as on the actions of the patient.
Causes of pain in finger joints
One of the factors that cause pain in the joint can be its mechanical damage: impact, dislocation, etc. The injury is usually accompanied by additional signs such as swelling and redness. The pain in the joint of the injured arm becomes more intense with movement and subsides 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, redness of the skin, fever, or involvement of body parts other than the small joints of the fingers. In the later stages, arthritis manifests itself with deformity of the joints and consequently of the hands.
Arthritis is one of the most common causes of finger pain. With this disease, joint deformation is inevitable and the development of symptoms occurs gradually in symmetrically located joints. In addition to pain, arthropathy is characterized by numbness and stiffness of the affected areas. Most often, this disease develops in patients over 50 years of age.
Finger pain can also cause gout. Its typical symptoms are not only pain, but also burning, redness of the skin, 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 damage and changes in the form of varying degrees of severity in the small joints, which also applies to the hands.
Which doctor should I go to?
Since pain in the finger joints can be caused by various events, its treatment is carried out by different specialists: a rheumatologist and a traumatologist. As a rule, from the moment of communication with the clinic, the patient has suspicions about the factors that caused pain in the joints and is referred to the appropriate doctor. The best solution in such a situation is to visit a specialist osteopath for diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Timely treatment contributes to the maximum speed of recovery. In addition, it is worth considering that diseases and injuries that cause pain in the joints lead to serious 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 finger joints is a patient survey. He should inform the osteopath in detail about when and under what conditions the joints began to hurt, with what movements the fingers of the sick hand feel particular discomfort, if the parents or close relatives suffer from similar diseases, etc.
In further 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, the treatment should be directed mainly to the elimination of the causes of its occurrence.
To reduce tension and stop pain in the area of one or more joints, drug treatment in osteopathy is usually not used, since after one or two operations the pain subsides on its own without drugs. This is especially true in situations where the patient for some reason cannot take a large number of medications.
During osteopathic procedures, restoration takes place:
- Normal joint structure?
- Full mobility of the hands without pain.
- Interactions of all limb tissues, conditions for joint function.
- Proper blood circulation and innervation.
- Increased level of regenerative abilities.
After the end of the course, the pain not only dulls 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 pattern of work and rest. People with painful joints need rest and minimal manual work. If necessary, so that joint pain never occurs again, you should change the type of professional activity if it involves a constant load on the joints.
In rare cases, painful finger joints undergo physiotherapy sessions, but usually osteopathic sessions are enough to heal.
What to do after an osteopathic course for irritated fingers?
It should be remembered that for a long time the hardened 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 the doctor's prescriptions, which must be strictly followed.
You can try folk recipes, but before using them, you should definitely consult a doctor. Among the treatments for finger and joint pain that have been approved by experts:
- Chestnut flower tincture;
- Herbal preparations?
- Compresses and lotions with apple cider vinegar.
- Infusion of cowberry berries and leaves.
Special attention should be paid to nutrition. With painful joints, fatty foods, salt and hot spices should be excluded from it. In addition, with pain in the fingers and other damage to the joints and cartilage, it is necessary to stop alcohol and smoking.
Prevention of finger diseases
In order to avoid the discomfort of any of the joints with discomfort until old age, it is necessary to take timely preventive measures. The joints in the hands can hurt due to frequent hypothermia, so you cannot work in ice water, especially for a long time. During the cold season, you should wear warm gloves.
A healthy diet plays an important role in the condition of the joints, which must 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 with the aim of relaxing and healing the tissues. You should not ignore the advice of doctors for systematic walks in the fresh air, which are useful not only for the joints, but also for the general physical condition of each person. A guarantee for the excellent condition of the hands and their high performance is a regular visit to the osteopath for a preventive examination.