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A 45-year-old male asked:

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
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 34 years experience
Thumb arthritis: The 1st cmc joint is the base of the thumb. This is thumb arthritis. You may exercise and lift weights.
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Hand Surgery 21 years experience
agree with the comment. you can certainly lift weights and would recommend a soft support like a neoprene wrap.
Dec 21, 2013
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Yes: 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.

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