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Thumb Arthritis

January 7, 2014

basal joint

The type of arthritis that is most likely going to affect your hand is thumb arthritis.  Why?  Because you use your thumbs more than any other finger.  Thumb arthritis is also called basal joint arthritis or CMC arthritis.  Thumb arthritis happens when the cartilage that cushions the bones around your thumb wears away.  This joint is called the carpometacarpal joint.

Pain and swelling in the hands are common symptoms.  Also decreased hand strength and a decreased range of motion will make it hard to perform activities of daily living like opening a faucet or turning a doorknob.

Steroids and surgery are options for advanced cases of thumb arthritis, while a thumb splint or a CMC Thumb Brace are recommended for milder cases.



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