Metacarpophalangeal joints (MP Joints) serve as the “hinge” between bones in the hands and smaller bones in the finger. The function of these joints is mainly for gripping. Pain and deformity in these joints are commonly caused by injury, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and other diseases. These conditions ruin hand structure and muscles in addition to destroying the surface of the joint. Fingers may slowly turn toward the little finger side of the hand. Nonsurgical intervention such as injection of medication, use of splints and change in daily activity may be recommended by your physician. Advanced cases may require surgery. One type of surgery is a “synovectomy”. During this procedure, inflamed synovium are removed from the joint and tendons that have slipped out of place are put back in place over the joint. The second type of surgery is joint replacement where the diseased joint is replaced with an artifical joint. The goal of all treatment is restoration of hand motion and relief from pain. Therapy for approximately six weeks following surgery is usually needed. Contact us for a brochure on Arthritis of the MP Joint. The surgeons and staff at The Face & Body Center are available to discuss any questions you may have by calling 866-939-4999 or 939-9999 in the Jackson Metro Area.