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Posts Tagged ‘cmc arthritis’

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.



 

What are the symptoms of CMC Arthritis – also called Basal Joint arthritis or thumb arthritis?

  • Thumb pain when trying to grip or pinch
  • The base of the thumb can be swollen and tender
  • Prolonged ache and / or discomfort
  • Loss of grip strength
  • The thumb looks out of place
  • The thumb can’t move like it used to
  • Bony bumps appear on the joint