Arthritis is a condition that irritates or wears down a joint. Thumb arthritis occurs when cartilage wears away from the ends of the bones that form your thumb joint. This joint is known as your carpometacarpal (CMC) joint.
Osteoarthritis of the base of the thumb is the most common site for arthritis in the hand.
The most common symptoms include:
These symptoms make it difficult to do everyday tasks, such as turning doorknobs and opening jars.
Your therapist will use several techniques to determine whether you have thumb arthritis. These include:
Treatment for thumb arthritis usually involves a combination of splinting and exercise. If conservative treatments do not resolve the symptoms, surgery may be suggested.
The most common treatments are:
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