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Arthritis of the thumb

What is arthritis in the thumb?

 

Arthritis of the thumb is common as we age, as the cartilage that protects the base of the thumb wears away and causes irritation, inflammation and pain.

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What are the symptoms of arthritis of the thumb?

  • 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

How is arthritis of the thumb diagnosed?

A simple x-ray should be sufficient, however if the picture isn’t clear sometimes ultrasound or MRI may be required.

How is arthritis of the thumb treated?
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