What are the symptoms of finger osteoarthritis?

Finger osteoarthritis can come with one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Finger Pain: Persistent pain in the finger joints may worsen with movement or activity.
  • Stiffness: Reduced range of motion in the fingers, making it challenging to perform fine motor tasks or grip objects.
  • Swelling: Inflammation and swelling around the finger joints.
  • Enlarged Joints: The affected finger joints may appear swollen or enlarged.
  • Bony Nodules: Formation of bony nodules or Heberden's nodes at the end joints of the fingers.
  • Weakness: Weakening of the muscles in the hand and fingers due to pain or disuse.
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Diagnosis and evaluation

HSA's experienced physicians specialize in the precise diagnosis of finger osteoarthritis. We conduct a thorough evaluation, including a physical examination, a medical history review, and imaging tests like X-rays or MRI scans. This helps us to:

  • Evaluate the extent of joint damage
  • Determine the severity of the condition
  • Create a personalized treatment plan that suits your specific needs

Treatment options for finger osteoarthritis

At HSA, our board-certified specialists provide various treatment options to manage finger osteoarthritis and alleviate your symptoms effectively. We create a customized treatment plan that considers factors such as your condition's severity, overall health, and functional goals. Treatment options may include:

Surgical interventions

  • Joint Fusion: Surgical procedure to permanently join the bones of the finger joint, stabilizing the joint and reducing pain.
  • Joint Replacement: Surgical intervention to replace the damaged finger joint with an artificial joint, providing pain relief and improved function, which is possible for two different finger joints.

Minimally invasive treatments

  • Corticosteroid Injections: Injections of anti-inflammatory medications into the finger joints to provide temporary relief from pain and inflammation.
  • Viscosupplementation: Hyaluronic acid injections improve joint lubrication and reduce friction in the finger joints.


  • Medications: Pain-relieving medications and anti-inflammatory drugs to manage discomfort and reduce inflammation.
  • Hand Therapy: Specialized exercises, splinting, and techniques to improve finger strength, range of motion, and overall hand function.
  • Assistive Devices: Using finger splints or braces to provide support and alleviate pain.
  • Joint Protection Techniques: Education and guidance on protecting and preserving finger joints during daily activities.
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Why choose HSA for finger osteoarthritis care?

At HSA, we are dedicated to providing exceptional care for finger osteoarthritis. Our board-certified specialists at HSA are highly skilled and experienced in diagnosing and treating finger osteoarthritis. With their expertise in orthopedics and microvascular surgery, they offer comprehensive care and employ the latest treatment techniques to help you find relief and improve finger function.

We take a comprehensive approach to finger osteoarthritis care. We provide a range of non-surgical and surgical treatment options, ensuring you can access the most advanced interventions available.

Reach out to HSA for comprehensive care.

You deserve relief if you are experiencing finger pain, stiffness, or limited mobility due to finger osteoarthritis. Contact Hand to Shoulder Associates today to schedule an appointment and take the first step to restore a more optimal level of finger function. Our skilled team of specialists is here to provide you with the highest quality care and help you regain a pain-free and functional lifestyle.

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