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Posts Tagged ‘cmc arthritis’

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.



CMC Brace

Basal Joint Arthritis Brace

There’s a new thumb brace now available specifically designed for basal joint (CMC) arthritis.  The CMC Thumb Arthritis Brace is a completely trimable, low-profile, and effective thumb brace for CMC arthritis.

Both the length of the strap and the thumb portion of this brace are trimable, making it comfortable and low-profile.

CMC Brace II

A moldable support is built into the brace at the base of the thumb.  This support in conjunction with the strap design provide the lift and support needed to seat the CMC joint to provide pain relief.

CMC Brace III

This x-ray shows the effectiveness of the thumb splint.

CMC Brace IV

Learn more:  CMC Thumb Arthritis Brace



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The Push CMC Arthritis Brace is light and strong.  It is the best thumb brace available for relief of basal joint (CMC) arthritis.  The Push brace is fit by squeezing the imbedded metal insert to snugly fit the hand around the thumb.  It can be worn during household activities and sports like golf or tennis.  So it is easy to fit, easy to wear, and it is effective.  This thumb brace is a bit more expensive than other braces – you get what you pay for.  If you want to stop your thumb pain, this brace is worth trying.

Characteristics:

  • Resists abrasion: is more durable than other supports.
  • Covers minimal palmar surface.
  • Can be worn under a glove.
  • Can be washed in a washing machine.
  • Will not deform if left in a hot environment.
  • Latex Free.


basal joint arthritis

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends the following Nonsurgical Treatments:

Basal joint arthritis (CMC Arthritis) will respond to nonsurgical treatments early on.

  • Ice the thumb joint throughout the day for no less than 5 minutes and no more than 15 minutes.
  • Take aspirin or ibuprofen to help reduce the swelling and inflammation.
  • A thumb splint will limit your thumb’s movements, allowing the CMC Joint to rest and heal.  The thumb brace should be low profile and easy to clean.

The arthritis may get more painful over time because arthritis is a progressive, degenerative condition.  If medication, rest, ice and a thumb brace do not work then the next treatment option is usually a steroid injection.  Steroids can relieve thumb pain for months but the injections cannot be repeated forever due to negative side effects.

If the conservative treatments do not work to relieve your thumb pain then surgery may be your only option.



CMC Arthritis Symptoms

September 4, 2015

thumb pain

The primary symptom of CMC thumb arthritis is pain.  The pain usually occurs at the base of your thumb when you grab, or when the thumb is used to force something.

Some other symptoms can be:

  • If the base of your thumb swells, is stiff, or tender
  • Less thumb strength
  • Less range of motion in the thumb
  • Enlarged joint at the base of your thumb

A CMC Arthritis Thumb Brace can be helpful for treating thumb arthritis.



Thumb Arthritis

September 1, 2015

thumb

Thumb arthritis occurs with aging.  What happens is that the cartilage erodes from the bones that comprise your thumb joint.  The thumb joint is also called the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint.

Pain, decreased strength, swelling, and a decrease in range of motion are indicative of thumb arthritis.  Any combination of these can make it difficult to do simple every-day tasks, like opening a jar, using scissors, or turning a doorknob. Treatment generally involves a combination of drugs, a thumb splint, and quite possibly surgery.



CMC Arthritis Brace

August 25, 2015

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Historically basal joint arthritis or CMC arthritis has been treated with thumb splints that immobilizes the entire thumb.  In many cases these thumb braces extend down past the wrist.  These are big, bulky thumb splints whose primary purpose is to immobilize.

The Push brace Metagrip is a new alternative to treat CMC arthritis.  This is a low-profile and light weight design that utilizes dynamic stabilization.  During pinching when the CMC joint is being loaded, there is generally ligamentous laxity which allows the first metacarpal to move around.  This movement is what creates the thumb pain.  This CMC Arthritis Brace prevents that movement by stabilizing the CMC joint, not immobilizing it.

The Push Brace is made from pliable thermoplastic and is constructed with a moldable aluminum insert.  When the brace is first applied the insert needs to be squeezed around the thumb – that is the key to the brace.  Once applied the brace needs to be “broken in” like a new pair of shoes.  It may feel stiff at first but after the brace is worn for a while it will fit better.

This thumb splint is low profile enough that tasks which are difficult in a standard wrist and thumb brace can be easily accomplished:  play a musical instrument, drive a car, wear gloves, reach into your pocket….

 

 



Tying your shoelaces.  Buttoning a shirt.  Writing your name.  Simple activities of daily living can be difficult  for folks with CMC arthritis.

Arthritis in the hands is common, specifically osteoarthritis at the base of the thumb  (Carpometacarpal or CMC Arthritis).  CMC arthritis  shows up in people that have a lot of repetitive gripping, lifting, pulling, or pushing in their lives.

CMC arthritis is usually found in older people.  Treatments can include steroid injections, drugs, a cmc arthritis thumb brace, and a change in lifestyle.  A thumb brace for CMC Arthritis needs to apply pressure at the base of the thumb.

 

CMC Arthritis Brace

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This one-of-a-kind thumb brace is designed to treat thumb arthritis.  It works by placing the thumb in a position that stops the joint pain caused by the osteoarthritis.  It’s light, low-profile, hygienic, and easy to put on and take off.

This thumb brace will help relieve pain, increase function and quite possibly reduce dependence on pain killing medication .  This is an inexpensive treatment option for basal joint or CMC arthritis.



CMC Arthritis

July 3, 2012

Typing on your laptop.  Opening a pouch of coffee.  Filling in the crossword.  Easy activities of daily living can become painful for hands with CMC arthritis.

Hand arthritis is the second most common form of arthritis that affects Americans.  It is more prevalent in women than men.  Osteoarthritis at the base of the thumb  (Carpometacarpal or CMC Arthritis) is often found in people with jobs that incorporate repetitive pulling, pushing, lifting or gripping.

This is a condition that generally affects older patients.  Treatments can include steroid injections, drugs, a cmc arthritis thumb brace, and a change in lifestyle.  A thumb brace for CMC Arthritis needs to apply pressure at the base of the thumb.

 



We get asked all the time if cracking knuckles leads to finger arthritis.  The simple answer is “no” because there isn’t much research on the subject.  But just because science hasn’t found a direct link between knuckle cracking and arthritis doesn’t mean cracking knuckles is healthy for your fingers.  The habit can lead to other hand-related problems and there is no benefit.

The habit usually stems from the sound.  Some people find a sense of satisfaction in hearing their knuckles pop.  The “pop” comes when the fingers are stretched apart.  What happens is that the space within the finger joint widens as the fingers are stretched.  Gas bubbles can be introduced within the synovial fluid (the lubricant that protects your finger joints) as a result of this stretching.  Those bubbles popping are the satisfying sound that people hear when they over-stretch their fingers.

The medical director of the Providence Arthritis Center at Providence Portland Medical Center, Peter Bonafede, M.D. conducted some research on the subject of knuckle cracking.  Dr. Bonafede’s research points at one study that was conducted in 1990.  Hand function was studied in 200 people older than 45.  There were 74 habitual knuckle crackers in the group.  The knuckle crackers were more likely to have swollen hands, and reduced hand strength but they were not more likely to have arthritis.

But even though cracking your knuckles may not lead to cmc arthritis, it is still gross.