Have you ever felt the unpleasant sense of feeling your fingers stiffen? If you think finger stiffness is something that cannot happen to you, do not hurry to make such conclusions. As a matter of fact, according to the World Health Organizations people with this symptom or cause of a next more serious disease have become more for the last 10 years. The increase is about 23%, which is more than the increase of people got infected with HIV for the last 2 years, for instance.
A common complaint of patients who are referred to a hand specialist is loss of mobility and motion of the fingers. Most often these complaints are gradual in onset, rather than starting abruptly. The stiffness and loss of mobility may or may not be associated with pain. Usually, patients complain of the inability to do activities they enjoy because of loss of gripping ability or fine dexterity. Important and common causes of this loss in mobility include Dupuytren’s contracture, arthritis, locked trigger finger, and various injuries. In addition to these, dislocations, bad sprains or tendon and muscle damages might be also the leading causes of the finger stiffness.
It is a very curious fact that not among all the cases patients get hand stiffness and finger stiffness whether together, or chronologically at once. Actually, you might get only finger stiffness and to pass hand stiffness. However, in most cases, stiffness in hand means stiffness in fingers soon. When you visit the doctor, he will ask you when the stiffness began and how it has progressed, including its effect on use of the hand, any injuries, other medical conditions and any prior treatment. Careful examination is performed to check the range of motion, assess swelling and tenderness, and evaluate muscles and tendons. X-rays are usually taken to evaluate for arthritis and any other distortion of the bones and joints. Treatment for hand stiffness may include stretching exercises for the joints and muscles to help loosen them. Different types of splints or casts may be used to stretch the tight joints and regain more motion. Surgery may be needed if other treatments are not working or if the pain is affecting hand function. Any surgical procedure will typically require significant hand therapy post-surgery. Without therapy, the stiffness may return. But are these the same methods to restore the comfort of your hand finger joints? And can finger stiffness get cured with the methods the hand stiffness is overcome? The answer is somewhere in the middle of these truths…
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, your chance to remove the diagnose forever from your life is close to zero. But having RA almost on mandatory leads to finger stiffness. The trick is to start treating the rheumatoid arthritis as soon as possible. This way you will either prevent the finger stiffness or the elimination of the discomfort will be easier later. There are different kinds of drugs that treat rheumatoid arthritis. You may need to take more than one. Some stop the disease from getting worse. Others ease symptoms of joint stiffness and pain. Physical therapy and exercise. These will help you move better and with less pain. You can also use moist heat (like a warm shower) to loosen up stiff joints, and ice packs (or even a bag of frozen peas) to curb inflamed joints. Relaxation techniques also ease muscle tension. An occupational therapist can show you how to do everyday activities.
Treatment of the finger stiffness is focused on allowing the fingers to straighten out and restoring function. This can be done surgically by excising (removing) the cords in the palmar fascia, incising (cutting, but not removing the cords), and Xiaflex injections. These are specific injections which work to dissolve the cord, allowing the finger to straighten out without surgery. There are various advantages and disadvantages to each of these treatments, and your orthopaedic hand specialist can help you decide which is best for you based on your pattern. The goals in treating the stiff finger are to offer humans with such a diagnose a pain-free, movable and stable joint. Non-operative interventions can be effective for most patients who have lost motion. According to one of the latest researches in the field 87% stiff joints responded sufficiently to exercise and dynamic splinting so that surgeries were not required. Some authors believe that patients should accept a certain program of non-operative therapy before operative intervention is considered. Such a preparation will give them the chance to prepare both: mentally and physically to a more serious intervention like a surgery. In all cases, 90% of the patients do turn to a specialist to cure the stiffness of their fingers and it is logical. Some people will stand the pain in leg joints and will even overcome the stiffness in wrist, but when you cannot use your own fingers, the situation seems to look worse, doesn`t it?
But let`s end up with a conclusion that we should not underestimate. The finger stiffness is the most common symptom of the typical 21-century arthritis disease. Sometimes, it might be the first symptom you will feel early in the morning thinking that there is nothing to worry about and it was just a bad posture while sleeping. No one asks you to panic from the very first day, but indeed, if this incident repeats the next morning and the next week, you urgently need to see a specialist. Only when diagnosed properly and when the treatment is fully conducted to an expert`s opinion, you get the hope to reduce the unpleasant discomfort. Painkillers like aspirin are always a good idea to keep your condition in a normal balance without crossing the line with more serious and dangerous medications. And if surgery is not a thing for you, simply skip it and try alternative medicine. Exercises, contrast showers with cold and warm water, as well drinking special teas like ginger or aloe vera might help you out with numerous symptoms of diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and etc. And finger stiffness is a symptom you should always expect, when it comes these diagnoses.
Physical therapy and exercise will help you move better and with less pain. You can also use moist heat (like a warm shower) to loosen up stiff joints, and ice packs (or even a bag of frozen peas) to curb inflamed joints. Relaxation techniques also ease muscle tension. An occupational therapist can show you how to do everyday activities.
Dear friends, finger stiffness is not such a big deal to worry about, if you have a doctor and diagnose to know and keep in mind. Even though adding some limits to your lifestyle, you are always able to manage them the right, risk-free, natural and even simple ways. Just do not start any initiative for treatment without medical prescription and doctor`s visitation. And if you prefer to only support your recent elimination of finger stiffness, try to switch between periods of rest and activity. At least once a day, gently move your joints through their range of motion. If needed, use helping devices to make your daily tasks easier. You can find such accessories in special orthopaedic stores or simply as your doctor about them. We wish you luck in overcoming the nasty finger stiffness. Make it smartly and rely on experts all the time. The information we provide you is fully informative and should not be considered as a direct universal diagnose or a suggestion for a home self-based treatment.