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Base of Thumb Arthritis

Published on November 18, 2016

When the term arthritis is mentioned, most people think about the major joints – knees, hips, wrists. But what most people don’t realize is that arthritis can affect other areas of the body independently of the major joints, leading to complications that may go undiagnosed.

If you’ve been experiencing pain at the base of your thumb and it is interfering with your ability to write, turn door handles, or open jars, you may have arthritis at the base of your thumb.

Basilar Joint Arthritis affects the first carpometacarpal joint, which supports the base of the thumb. As the joint surface deteriorates, this form of arthritis can progress to constant pain, stiffness, and functional disability.

Although arthritis can’t be cured, there are treatments available that can help make the situation manageable. To learn more about arthritis treatment, contact the Hand and Plastic Surgery Center of Katy today and schedule your consultation!