When the cricks and creeks of your joints go from slightly annoying, to tight and painful, it could be a sign of arthritis. Arthritis is famously depicted as pain in the joints. These joints could be in the elbows, wrists or fingers. Virtually any place on the hand and arm that features connective tissues can suffer from arthritis.
For as all-encompassing as the word “arthritis” is, it’s not only one singular thing. Many parts make up the condition known as arthritis.
Metacarpophalangeal joint (MCP joint) arthritis is centered on where the finger bones and the hand bones meet. These joints are responsible for the complex movements we make with our fingers, such as pinching and holding objects. When arthritis is located in these joints, they will also swell, become hard to move and will no longer straighten as easily.
Thumb Basal Joint
The basal joint is a point at the base of the thumb where arthritis tends to strike. The basal joint is where the most common form of osteoarthritis occurs and can severely impact a person’s ability to move their thumbs.
Other than the inability to move the thumb like they used to, another common symptom of basal joint arthritis is bony bumps at the base of the thumb. These bumps can rub together and create a lot of pain.
Joint Replacement Surgery
If arthritis is severely impacting a person’s quality of life, they can opt to have joint replacement surgery. Dr. Arora will remove an arthritic joint and replace it with a new one. Replacing the entire joint is common, but it’s possible to remove only part of the original joint and replace only the damaged areas.
The replacement joint with be a synthetic prosthesis which may be cemented into place. As your body heals, new bone will grow around the replacement, and a new joint is formed.
Kienbock’s Disease is a rare condition caused by a lack of blood flow to one of the bones of the wrist. This is most commonly seen in people between the ages of 20 and 40 and can be extremely painful and debilitating.
The disease happens slowly because bone isn’t as susceptible to blood loss as tissue or muscles are. It may start as a tightening and swelling of the wrist as the bone begins to harden, but once the bone begins to die and splinter, the pain can be unbearable.
If you routinely suffer from psoriasis, you could be in danger of getting psoriatic arthritis. Just like the skin condition which shares its name, psoriatic arthritis can flare up and go away seemingly at random. Flareups range from being annoyingly painful and stiff, to rendering the person with the inability to move the joint at all. This condition is often misdiagnosed as gout or other forms of arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most common form of autoimmune arthritis, often manifesting itself in the hand and middle joints of the fingers. It’s also a very common arthritis in women, affecting 1-3% of all women. This is easily one of the most life-changing forms of arthritis to have, but modern medicine is quickly making strides to manage this form of the condition.
This is the most common join-related condition, and occurs when the cartilage between the joints wears down enough for them to rub together, causing pain and stiffness. Most people associate this with an older generation, but this condition can affect people in their late-teens and early twenties.
There are no specific causes, but doctors have identified some key factors. Genes play a part, as does overuse. It can be exacerbated by being overweight and having a diet lacking in calcium.
Joint pain comes in many forms, and can affect people both young and old. If arthritis runs in your family, or if you’ve been noticing your joints aren’t responding like they used to, call our offices and set up a consultation. We’ll listen to your symptoms and figure out if you have any forms of arthritis, then we’ll make a plan of action. Call for your initial consultation today!