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Ask a Doctor: Thumb Arthritis

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Dr. Tamara Clancy answers your questions about thumb arthritis, also known as arthritis base of the thumb.

What is the painful bump at the base of my thumb?

This is more than likely wear-and-tear arthritis, and the bump is one of the bones (metacarpal) that becomes prominent as the joint wears out (cartilage thins).

What is the cause?

The cause is the cartilage in the joint thinning out.  Some of this is genetic (inherited).  Injury and joint laxity (being “double-jointed”) may contribute to developing this as well.  It is also more common in women.

Is there any way to know if my pain will get worse?

No — this is a problem that usually gets worse as we get older, but there is no way to predict how rapidly the pain will progress in a particular person.

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Thumb Arthritis: Symptoms, Treatment and Recovery

 

Thumb arthritis, sometimes known as “basal joint arthritis” or “arthritis base of the thumb,” is a condition that is genetic and tends to come with age. Patients with thumb arthritis find it difficult to perform daily tasks such as opening a jar or turning a doorknob. The pain and swelling is found at the base of the thumb.

Watch this two-minute video to see how a quick surgery can relieve thumb arthritis symptoms if splints and injections do not work for you.

Learn more about Thumb Arthritis and watch more short videos at www.HandCare.org.

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Random Fact: Arthritis

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Arthritis impacts 53 million adults and 300,000 children. Learn about the different types that may affect your hands, including  osteoarthritis, arthritis base of the thumb, MP joint arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

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May is Arthritis Awareness Month

This recent Facebook post from The Hand Society reminds us all that May is Arthritis Awareness Month! Visit www.handcare.org for more information about arthritis.


In honor of May being Arthritis Awareness Month, make sure you check out our resources on arthritis, such as this information about arthritis of the base of the thumb. http://bit.ly/1PGD4Ne

Posted by American Society for Surgery of the Hand on Friday, May 15, 2015

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