What is Finger Arthritis (MCP Joint Arthritis)?

The bones in your hand are called metacarpals. The finger bones are called phalanges. The metacarpophalangeal joint (MCP joint), or knuckle, is where the finger bones meet the and bones. At the MCP joint, the fingers and thumb can move in multiple directions. They can bend, and spread apart and are important for pinching and gripping.

Arthritis means joint inflammation and is often used to describe pain or problem at the joint. Cartilage is the layer of tissue on the end of the bone. The loss of this tissue results in arthritis.

Changes may come on gradually or be noticed right away. Symptoms include pain when gripping or grasping, weak hands, and dropping objects more frequently. Over time, the fingers may shift toward the pinkie.

How is it Diagnosed?

Diagnoses is often confirmed by x-rays. The x-rays show narrowing of the space between the bones, which is a sign that cartilage has been lost.

What is the Treatment for Carpal Metacarpal Arthritis?

Treatments vary based on the severity of your arthritis. Oral medication may help relive pain. Sometimes injections into the joint can help. Other options include topical creams, heat or ice, splints, buddy supports or strapping two fingers together. In severe cases, surgery may be warranted.

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