Pneumology - Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

Finger arthrosis (arthritis of the fingers)

The joints of the fingers are covered with cartilage, which allows for the joining bones to glide against each other smoothly.  When this cartilage gets worn down, thereby impairing the normal function of the finger joints, one refers to finger arthrosis, a degeneration of the joints of the fingers.  Finger arthrosis is usually either caused by ‘wear and tear’ over many years (see ‘Osteoarthritis’) or rheumatoid arthritis, a systemic disease that causes inflammation in the joints of the body.  Finger arthrosis is characterised by pain, stiffness and swelling in the finger joints.  Depending on the underlying cause of finger arthrosis, deformities may also arise in the hands.  Finger arthrosis is first treated conservatively with physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications or splints around the affected joints.  If this is not successful in alleviating symptoms, surgery may be required to restore joint function and relive pain.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Berlin Buch

    HELIOS Hospital Berlin Buch

    The new HELIOS Hospital in Berlin-Buch, one of the largest new hospital complexes in Europe was opened in July 2007. With 1.100 hospital beds and 26 medical departments the new campusis state-of-the-art, maximum care hospital that provides the highest levels of medical care and comfort.

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