Imagine your fingers aching every time you use them. That could be awful. You cannot push a key on your laptop, complete a message on your Android phone, hit those guitar chords, thoroughlyand thoroughly clean your body or the plate you used last night. It could be a total bummer.
This is all because of the joint pain in your fingers. What causes this pain and how will you treat it? You’ll find out as you read along.
Finger Joint Pain
Finger joint pain is characterized by tingling, soreness, throbbing, aching, increased warmth, or stiffness of the fingers.
Your fingers are not what you think they seem. They have multiple parts that include bones, blood, vessels, nerves, muscles, cartilage, and skin. Finger joint pain might be traced back to any of these parts. It could be a simple irritation or a serious inflammation. What do you think might be the causes of this?
Common Causes of Finger Joint Pain
One of the known causes of aching fingers joint pain is finger dislocation. This happens when misalignment occurs to the finger bones. Dislocation occurs when the person undergoes a serious injury that involves the hurting of one’s fingers (forceful bending or twisting, or jamming the end of a finger).
Other injuries related to finger joint pain are :
- Crush injury
- Stress fracture
- Degloving injury
- Blunt force trauma
The joint is where 2 bones meet. It has elements around it that make the movement smooth without pain. One of the known elements around it is the cartilage. Cartilage can be damaged. Inflammation can also happen which may result to arthritis. The primary symptom of arthritis is joint pain.
Finger joint pain can also be caused by infection and other inflammatory factors. These include:
- Bacterial infection such as staphylococcus aureus
- Ganglion cyst
- Age-related wearing and tearing
This ill-condition of the finger may include numbness which may be traced back to nerve-related causes of finger joint pain:
- Neck injury
- Herniated disc
- Cervical pondylosis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Nerve compression
Here are some of the neurological causes of finger joint pain :
- Lead poisoning
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Multiple sclerosis
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Spinal cold injury
- Transverse myelitis
- Vitamin B12 deficiency
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
Finger joint pain can also be associated with:
- Circulatory problems
- Buerger’s disease
- Raynaud’s phenomenon
Possible Treatments for Finger Joint Pain
The treatment should of course depend on the cause of the joint pain.
These drugs are designed to treat joint pain and to reduce swelling and inflammation around the joints.
The body has substances that can naturally treat joint pain. These include Chondroitin and Glucosamine which are 2 main building blocks of normal cartilage.
Other possible treatments are hand therapy, cortisone injections, splints, and ice treatment.