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Is it possible to keep playing guitar with arthritis in the thumbs?

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Dr. Michael Laccheo answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

There are many medications and orthotics that can be used to help with the pain and keep one functional.

Answered Dec 15, 2011

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint answered

Specializes in Hand Surgery

Muscians from the novice to the professional need to adapt as they age. The string player who changes technique for vibrato, the guitar player who slows down, all are part of aging. Playing an instrument can also be protective, by keeping joints limber and strong, the key is to adapt and avoid sever pain but keep playing its better than stopping typically. Once you stop its harder to start.

Answered Jul 24, 2014

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Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice answered

Specializes in Hand Surgery

I have treated several professional musicians for thumb arthritis using a minimally invasive technique (arthroscopic hemitrpeziectomy) along with stem cell resurfacing of the joint with excellent success. One in particular has been playing guitar at the grande ole oprey in nashville 3 weeks after surgery. There are definitely some good options and i can give out references if you like.

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Dr. Qamar Khan answered

Specializes in Pain Management

There are many options for treatment. Medications like anti-inflammatory options like ibuprofen, naproxen, etc. Other options include synvisc/euflexxa injections to help lubricate the joint or even platelet/stem cell therapies as well. Generally these options are not covered by your insurance though. Check out Regenexx.Com.

Answered Jul 24, 2014

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