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Thumb arthritis

The joint at the base of the thumb is prone to developing arthritis

The joint at the base of the thumb is a very specialised joint that is required for most activities. Unfortunately, because of this, it is also prone to developing arthritis. The reasons for arthritis are multi-factorial. However, base of thumb arthritis is most common in middle-aged to elderly women.

Pain at the base of the thumb is the most common symptom and is often aggravated by activities that involve pinching and gripping. The alignment of the joint also may be affected and result in a lump on the back of the hand at the base of the thumb.

Only when non-surgical treatment has proven to be unsuccessful is surgery for base of thumb arthritis considered. Hand therapy plays an important role in this stage of treatment. There are multiple surgical options for treatment of this condition at different stages. Optimal treatment for each individual must be considered to ensure the best outcome.


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