Answers to Common Hand and Wrist Questions

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

What is thumb basilar joint arthritis?

A joint is where bones connect together. Arthritis is inflammation of the joint that leads to thinning of the cartilage that covers the bone ends, according to the American Society for Surgery of the HandOff Site Icon (ASSH). The body reacts to loss of the joint surface by forming bone spurs, according to the ASSH.

The joint at the base of the fleshy area of the thumb, just above the wrist, allows the thumb to swivel, pivot, and pinch so a person can grip things with his or her hand, states the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon (AAOS). Thumb basilar joint arthritis occurs when that joint becomes worn, according to the AAOS.

Ask your doctor about 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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