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Thumb Arthritis

January 31, 2018

The thumb pain associated with CMC Arthritis can be severe.  A decrease in range of motion and strength can make it painful to shake hands, open doors, and forget about opening that jar of pickles.  Treatment can involve splints, braces, and medications.  If its really bad surgery may be an option.

Pain is the primary symptom.  It’s felt at the base of the thumb when gripping, grasping, pinching or forcing an object.  The thumb can also be stiff, tender, and swollen.  The thumb will get weaker and lose range of motion.  And it may start to look a bit deformed.

CMC arthritis is common in women over 40 years old.  Obesity, previous injury,  and heredity are also risk factors.  CMC Arthritis used to be called “Game Keepers” thumb.   Back in the day the people that twisted the necks of rabbits for a living (game keepers) would develop CMC arthritis from the repetitive motion of breaking necks.  Gross.

a CMC Thumb brace is a great treatment option.  Learn more about the thumb splint shown below:

 



Purchase this CMC thumb brace.

As we get older osteoarthritis will develop.  It’s just a normal part of aging.  And it usually develops in the joints that we use the most and receive the most stress.  That’s why osteoarthritis is often called, “wear and tear arthritis”.  Pain and disability are the most common complaints of CMC thumb arthritis.

Thumb splints and thumb braces come in many shapes and sizes.  Beware of using a thumb brace that completely immobilizes the thumb.  You need to use your thumb or the muscles surrounding it will atrophy (shrink).  You want the opposite.  You want to use your thumb so the muscles surrounding it get stronger.  So you need a thumb brace that positions your thumb in such a way that it reduces pain but still allows you to use it.

That’s what the thumb brace pictured above can do.  The CMC Thumb Brace is easily put on and taken off with one hand, and provides support that doesn’t limit other joint movement.  It is durable, flexible, and is easily cleaned.  And most important it will reduce your pain.



CMC Arthritis

January 17, 2018

Arthritis happens when cartilage erodes.   Bones start rubbing together when this protective cushion disappears.  Carpometacarpal (CMC) joint arthritis causes pain at the thumb’s base, right at the wrist.   The thumb pain and makes it hard to grab, pinch, or open a jar.

CMC thumb arthritis is common.  Treatment for this type of thumb pain should be non-invasive (non-surgical) and simple.

SYMPTOMS

  • Thumb Pain at the base of the thumb, near the wrist.
  • Thumb pain when trying to grip or pinch.
  • The thumb is painful or tender when you rub, squeeze, or touch the base of the thumb.

How to treat CMC Arthritis?

Wearing a splint or brace that positions your thumb can reduce pain. The best thumb braces position the thumb joint.

This thumb brace is very effective.

Learn more about this thumb brace.



New CMC Thumb Brace

January 10, 2018

 

Where to purchase a CMC Thumb Brace.

This CMC Thumb Brace has a low profile design with smooth edges.  The closures are easy to use with one hand.  This brace effectively positions the thumb to alleviate thumb pain while allowing your other fingers a full range of motion.  It has a moldable aluminum core that adjusts for a perfect fit.

  • Keeps Skin Cool and Dry
  • Easily Applied and Removed
  • Comfortable, effective
  • Light Weight

Description

 

This CMC Arthritis Brace is streamlined and durable.  It is the best choice available for relief of basal joint (CMC) arthritis.  This thumb brace can be worn during household activities and sports like golf or tennis.

The thumb splint immobilizes the carpometacarpal (CMC) and the first metacarpophalangeal (MCP 1) joints and places the thumb in a functional position.

It is easy to clean and machine washable.

Characteristics:

  • Restricts thumb adduction, while allowing free movement of the other fingers and wrist
  • Adaptable aluminum core makes it easy to fit
  • The brace can be easily secured with one hand
  • Maximum comfort
  • Dirt and water resistant and is easily dried

Sizing: