DAVE WATTS, MD
Arthritis of the Thumb
The most common kind of osteoarthritis of the hand is thumb arthritis. The common reason for arthritis is wearing down of the cartilage away from adjoining bones forming the joint or thumb in hand.
Symptoms of Arthritis of Thumb
Decrease in strength or range of motions, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks.
There is stiffness, swelling or pain in hand.
Treatment of Arthritis of Thumb
To support the thumb joint by using splints.
Exercises for the hand to increase the range of motion and strength.
The orthopedic doctor may advise the use of pain medicines like aspirin or acetaminophen.
The use of corticosteroid injections to treat inflammation.
The orthopedic surgeon may perform surgical procedures like joint fusion, joint replacement, or remove the trapezium bone or osteotomy for repositioning the affected bones.