Finger and wrist joints can wear out in the same way as hip or a knee joints. Arthritic joints can be painful and can interfere with function. Non-operative treatments range from simple pain relief, activity modification and steroid injections.
Key hole surgery can help ‘wash out’ joints and also help diagnose the severity of the arthritis.
Procedures can also be targeted at removing the pain nerves supplying a joint.
In the severe cases, either the joint is prevented from moving (fused) or the joint can be replaced.