Thumb CMC Arthritis
This conditions affects up to 11% of men but up to one-third women in their 50s and 60s, which leads to pain, laxity, and weakness of the thumb.
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.
Simple activities like opening a jar, turning a doorknob, or shaking hands.
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
• Enlarged or bony appearance of the joint at the base of your thumb
Women get arthritis later in life than men and generally have higher pain scores. Likely because…
Hormones play a role as estrogen helps keep inflammation in check. As estrogen diminishes after menopause we see arthritis in women increase.
Factors that can increase your risk of thumb arthritis include:
• Female sex.
• Age above 40 years.
• Certain hereditary conditions like Ahlers Danlos Syndrome (ADS), such as joint ligament laxity and malformed joints.
• Injuries to your thumb joint, such as fractures and sprains.
Steroids- too many shots can deteriorate the joint and ligaments.
Surgery- varying success among several types (see link below for more info)
Limited options, yet there is an alternative to thumb surgery alternatives to consider. Check out more on Regenexx.com
1. hand strength exercise
2. joint mobilization with a hand therapist, chiropractor or osteopath training in manips
4. nutritional supplements; glucosamine, chondroitin, fish oil, turmeric,
5. topical rubs like homeopathic arnica or tiger balm
6. Consider nerve function evaluation and treatment (if necessary) from the neck and median nerve in the wrist
To learn about other minimally invasive medical procedures check out Regenexx.com
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