Thumb Arthritis Treatment
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Degenerative thumb arthritis – also known as basal joint arthritis
– is more common in women, and typically occurs sometime after 40
years of age. There is a genetic predisposition in developing this arthritis
condition and additionally, any type of trauma to the thumb can predispose
one to thumb arthritis. There are other conditions such as inflammatory
arthritis (Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis) that can affect the base of the
thumb and cause the deterioration of that joint, which may ultimately
lead to thumb joint reconstruction surgery.
Symptoms of Thumb Arthritis
Activities which rely on the thumb, such as pinching, grasping or gripping,
may result in hand pain at the base of the thumb, particularly in an arthritic
joint. . Signs and symptoms of thumb arthritis may include swelling or
stiffness at the base of the thumb. As the arthritis progresses, the pain
and weakness may increase along with decreasing range of motion at the
base of the thumb. As the arthritis advances even further, bone spurs
may develop, resulting in an enlarged appearance at the base of the thumb.
Diagnosis of Thumb Arthritis
During a physical examination of an arthritic thumb, the hand doctor may
notice grinding when maneuvering the thumb in a certain way. X-rays can
be used to confirm the diagnosis.
Nonsurgical Thumb Arthritis Treatment
Treatment options for thumb arthritis is based on the severity of the symptoms.
Nonoperative treatment for thumb arthritis can involve:
- Rest and activity restriction
- Bracing or splinting
- Ergonomic adjustments
- Medications (NSAIDs)
- Avoidance of irritating activities
- Steroid injections into the basal joint
Surgical Thumb Arthritis Treatment
When conservative treatment fails to alleviate hand pain caused from arthritis
and when the patient is sufficiently symptomatic, reconstructive surgery
is an option.
Find a Hand Surgeon
Our board certified, fellowship-trained hand specialists are experts at
treating Thumb Arthritis. Hoag Orthopedic Institute is ranked as one of
the top Orthopedic Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in 2019-2020.
Find a hand surgeon that treats thumb arthritis.
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(855) 999-4641 to make an appointment.
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