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Symptoms of Thumb Arthritis

March 15, 2012

What does CMC arthritis feel like.  Well, it hurts.  Pain is the primary symptom for people suffering with basal joint arthritis.  At first the pain usually comes and goes during activity.  Once the activity is underway the pain usually subsides and then returns once the thumb is resting.  As the CMC arthritis gets worse the pain will become more constant.  It will become difficult to grip things and then pain will spread from the base of the thumb to the heel part of the hand.

Once the cartilage begins to erode and the bones rub together there may squeaking or cracking – this is called crepitus.

The joint will become stiff and difficult to move.   Warmth and compression can help.  Most neoprene thumb braces can provide this.

 



One Response to “Symptoms of Thumb Arthritis”

  1. Kathleen says:

    If you have thumb arthritis, there are things you can do to help manage your symptoms. Keep your pinch light, and avoid lifting using the thumb. Try to get underneath objects, and use both hands when lifting. Braces and splints can be helpful to minimize the force to the thumb in daily activities.
    I’m a hand therapist, and see a lot of people with this diagnosis, its very common, especially in middle aged women. I have developed a video for thumb arthritis that has several tips on managing the condition. There really are things you can do, believe me, I’m a therapist, and also have thumb arthritis!
    Go to my website, there’s a free tip to get you started!
    http://www.TreatYourselfTherapy.com/thumb-arthritis

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