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Thumb Arthritis

November 29, 2016

thumb pain

Why does the thumb always get the arthritis??  Because thumbs get used a lot, more than any other finger.  Thumb arthritis, basal joint arthritis, CMC arthritis…call it what you want.  The cartilage that protects your bones around the thumb erodes.  This joint is the carpometacarpal joint.

Swelling and hand pain are common.  Also weakness and a decreased range of motion will make it hard to type, use a mouse, or open a jar.

Advanced cases of CMC arthritis can require surgery and medication, while a thumb splint or a CMC Thumb Brace are recommended for milder cases.