Thumb Arthritis

Friday, May 12, 2017

Thumb arthritis can cause severe pain, swelling, and decreased strength and range of motion, making it difficult to do simple tasks, such as turning doorknobs and opening jars. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about thumb arthritis in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Thumb arthritis is common with aging, and occurs when cartilage wears away from the ends of the bones that form your thumb joint also known as the carpometacarpal joint.

Thumb arthritis commonly occurs with aging. Previous trauma or injury to the thumb joint also can cause thumb arthritis.

Pain is the first and most common symptom of thumb arthritis. Pain can occur at the base of your thumb when you grip, grasp or pinch an object, or use your thumb to apply force.

Other signs and symptoms might include:

Swelling, stiffness and tenderness at the base of your thumb

Decreased strength when pinching or grasping objects

Decreased range of motion, and

Enlarged or bony appearance of the joint at the base of your thumb

See your doctor if you have persistent swelling, stiffness or pain at the base of your thumb.

In the early stages of thumb arthritis, treatment usually involves a combination of non-surgical therapies. If your thumb arthritis is severe, surgery might be necessary.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.