Thumb Arthritis

Do You Live with Thumb Arthritis?

Osteoarthritis of the thumb affects the thumb’s basal joint, the area where the small bone of the wrist and the first bone of the thumb meet. Thumb arthritis can be painful and may hinder many of your daily activities, from holding your car keys to opening a jar. Proper thumb arthritis treatment is necessary to decrease pain and increase the mobility of your thumb.

What Are the Causes and Symptoms of Thumb Arthritis?

Thumb arthritis occurs when the cartilage covering the bones at the joint at the base of the thumb begins to wear away. For this reason, thumb arthritis typically occurs in people over 40. Osteoarthritis is more common in women than men. Other patients who had previously fractured their thumbs may also develop thumb arthritis later in life.

Common symptoms of thumb arthritis may include:

  • Pain when using your thumb to grip or pinch an object.
  • Tenderness or swelling at the base of the thumb.
  • Weakness and limited range of motion of the thumb.
  • Dull pain in the thumb after long periods of use.

How Is Thumb Arthritis Diagnosed and Treated?

At your initial examination, your doctor will look for tenderness and decreased range of motion of the thumb's basilar joint. Imaging tests may also be helpful in revealing the stage of thumb arthritis. Because thumb arthritis is a progressive condition, treatment generally depends on the severity of your condition. In early stages, thumb arthritis may respond to non-surgical treatment, such as taking over-the-counter pain medications. In more advanced cases, steroid injections may relieve your symptoms. Where other thumb arthritis treatment is ineffective, your physician may recommend outpatient thumb arthritis surgery.

Our Team Provides Tailored Treatment for Your Thumb Arthritis

Thumb arthritis can severely curtail the use of your hands. While there are a variety of treatment options available, the appropriate thumb arthritis treatment depends on your unique situation. Proper evaluation of your thumb arthritis is important to attain the best outcome.

MHS surgeons are fellowship-trained hand specialists with years of experience in treating thumb arthritis. They will evaluate the progression of your thumb arthritis and develop the most effective treatment program for your symptoms. Our practice has helped thumb arthritis patients put their hands back to work for more than 10 years.

MHS is committed to bringing the highest level of expertise, leading edge therapeutic approaches, and the most advanced equipment, all to achieve the best possible outcome for you. From thumb sprains to thumb arthritis, we provide comprehensive treatment for your thumb condition. Call us at 630-359-6888, or contact us today through our secure form to schedule a prompt appointment.