Arthritis of the thumb
What of 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.
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.