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Posts Tagged ‘thumb splint’

Thumb Arthritis

January 7, 2014

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The type of arthritis that is most likely going to affect your hand is thumb arthritis.  Why?  Because you use your thumbs more than any other finger.  Thumb arthritis is also called basal joint arthritis or CMC arthritis.  Thumb arthritis happens when the cartilage that cushions the bones around your thumb wears away.  This joint is called the carpometacarpal joint.

Pain and swelling in the hands are common symptoms.  Also decreased hand strength and a decreased range of motion will make it hard to perform activities of daily living like opening a faucet or turning a doorknob.

Steroids and surgery are options for advanced cases of thumb arthritis, while a thumb splint or a CMC Thumb Brace are recommended for milder cases.



Basal Arthritis

March 21, 2012

What treatments are available for thumb pain associated with basal joint arthritis?

Many people who suffer from mild hand arthritis will benefit from anti-inflammatory drugs and avoiding painful movements.  A cortisone injection usually helps for a short period of time, usually one or two months.  Ice or cold therapy will help in fifteen minute intervals as well.

When it comes to a thumb brace or a thumb splint, an orthopedic appliance that supports the thumb will usually offer more pain relief than just a wrist place.  The best type of thumb brace for basal joint arthritis will reposition the thumb so that the arthritic finger does not hurt.

 



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Check out this new thumb brace.  CMC Arthritis or basal joint arthritis effects the base of the thumb.  Pain relief for this arthritic condition is often achieved by re-positioning the thumb.  This thumb splint is barely noticeable.  This splint is hygienic and comfortable.  Decrease pain and increase function without drugs.



Thumb Pain

March 5, 2012

Where is the most common site for degenerative arthritis?  The thumb.  Injury or repetitive stress can cause CMC arthritis.  But most of the time the condition just develops for no specific reason.

CMC arthritis effects the Carpometacarpal joint of the thumb. It is very painful.

The good news is that conservative treatments like physical therapy and a thumb splint can be very effective.  By positioning the thumb joint correctly, pain can be reduced and function increased.

Nobody likes to wear a brace.  However a brace for CMC Arthritis doesn’t need to be big and clunky.  All it has to do is position the thumb not restrict movement or provide protection.