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CMC Arthritis

January 8, 2016

thumb pain

 

People experience thumb arthritis as they get older.  It happens when cartilage wears away from the ends of the bones that form the thumb joint — the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint.

Thumb arthritis is painful.  There can be swelling and decreased strength and range of motion. Simple tasks like turning doorknobs and opening jars become difficult.

Treatment generally involves a combination of medication and thumb braces.  Severe thumb arthritis might require surgery.

Pain occurs at the base of the thumb when gripping, grasping, or pinching something.

Other symptoms can include stiffness and tenderness at the base of your thumb.

 



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