Answers to Common Hand and Wrist Questions

Premier Health providers answers frequently asked questions about common hand and wrist conditions.

How is thumb basilar joint arthritis treated?

Thumb basilar joint arthritis involves damage or wear of the first carpometacarpal (CMC) joint, where the thumb meets the trapezium bone in the wrist, according to the Arthritis FoundationOff Site Icon (AF). Often, treatments such as anti-inflammatories, splints, activity modification, and injections can be effective, according to the AF.

If the joint becomes too damaged, surgery might become an option, according to the American Society for Surgery of the HandOff Site Icon (ASSH). Surgery may involve altering the joint, states the ASSH. According to the ASSH, a splint or cast may be worn for several weeks following surgery.

Ask your doctor about treating thumb basilar joint arthritis.

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Source: Beth Berrettoni, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates; Matthew Cavo, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates; Krista Storms, OT, Premier Health

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