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A 39-year-old member asked:

If you have arthritis in your thumb, is it a good idea to exercise your thumb?

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Dr. Andras Perl
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
May be: Such arthritis needs to be evaluated by a rheumatologist.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 36 years experience
Arthrtitis: Exercise for arthritis is designed to keep the joint moving, but not to put toomuch stress on the joint. Stregtheningthe muscles around a joitn without joint irritation also will help stabilize the joint and reduce joint force especially in extrems of motion. So yes but not too much that it hurts.

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