Base of Thumb Arthritis Katy TX
Have you noticed pain at the base of your thumb? Do you experience difficulty with writing, turning doorknobs, or opening jars? A common cause for these kind of symptoms is arthritis at the base of the thumb, called “Basilar Joint Arthritis”. This variation of arthritis affects the first carpometacarpal joint, which stabilizes the base of the thumb. Over time as the joint surface deteriorates, base of thumb arthritis can progress to constant pain, stiffness, and functional disability. DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis is another cause for pain on the thumb side of the wrist and can sometimes mimic basilar joint arthritis.
While there is no cure for arthritis, there are excellent treatment options available to help alleviate your symptoms of pain and/or stiffness and regain the function of your hand. Initially, first line treatment involves a conservative approach including supportive splints, anti-inflammatory medication, and activity modification. For patients with persisting symptoms, a steroid injection of the affected joint can offer long-lasting relief. Symptomatic thumb arthritis that does not respond to conservative treatment can benefit from surgical intervention. Our hand specialists will discuss with you the different options and tailor a treatment plan that best suits your needs.
If you think you may have arthritis at the base of the thumb, we invite you to put your hands in our hands. Contact our office at 832-232-HAND (4263) to schedule an appointment with Dr. Das or Dr. Stephenson, your hand surgery specialists.