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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.


  • 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.

CMC Thumb Arthritis

When cartilage erodes, arthritis can happen.   Without this protective tissue, bones that comprise the joint rub together. Carpometacarpal (CMC) joint arthritis happens at the thumb’s base, right at the wrist.   When the ends of bones rub together it causes pain and makes it difficult to grab or pinch.

Basal joint arthritis (CMC joint arthritis) is the most common place for arthritis to affect the hands.  It’s recommended to treat this condition with non-invasive, simple options.


  • Thumb Pain at the base of the thumb.
  • 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 is a product that can help.

CMC Arthritis Thumb Brace


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.


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

CMC Brace IV

Learn more:  CMC Thumb Arthritis Brace


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.


  • 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 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


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….