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I have a mild degenerative change in the first carpal metacarpal joint, is this thumb arthritis and can i lift weights and exercise?

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Dr. Jimmy Bowen answered

Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The 1st cmc joint is the base of the thumb. This is thumb arthritis. You may exercise and lift weights.

Answered Oct 3, 2016

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Dr. Pierre Moeser answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Yes, this is osteoarthritis but wearing weightlifting gloves is often all the support you need to be able to lift weights. Be aware that certain grip positions may increase thumb pain.

Answered Apr 2, 2018

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