Arthritis is a condition that irritates or destroys a joint. Arthritis of the base of the thumb (also known as the basal joint) occurs when the smooth cartilage that covers the ends of the bones begins to wear away. This prevents the normal function of the thumb to swivel, pivot, and pinch so that you can grip things in your hand. This form of arthritis is more common in women than in men, and it usually occurs after the age of 40. Prior fractures or injuries may increase the likelihood of developing this condition.
Some of the conditions that can happen due to arthritis are the following:
Certified Hand Therapy Treatment Plan: After careful evaluation by one of our Advanced Hand Rehab experts, the first step in treating this condition is to reduce pain and inflammation. Treatments may include ice/heat, warm soaks, paraffin wax, and ultrasound and/or splint fabrication to support and limit the movement of the thumb.
After your initial prescription for therapy is completed, your physician and therapist will decide if you need to continue therapy or if you will be discharged to a home exercise program.
This information is provided as a learning resource for the benefit of our patients. It is NOT INTENDED to replace personal consultation with your medical professionals.