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Is It Possible To Keep Playing Guitar With Arthritis In The Thumbs
Yes: 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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm finding it difficult to hold things for a long time without my thumb hurting , could this be arthritis?
Not likely, sorry: Basilar joint arthritis (tmc arthritis) develops from ligament damage and laxity which impairs stability. Cartilage surfaces do well under compression but not shear forces. The instability with grasp and pinch leads to cartilage breakdown and arthritis. Many patients benefit from a supporting splint. Treatment depends upon symptoms, not severity of x-ray changes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have sharp shooting pains around the thumb into the wrist. Told it is a symptom of arthritis. Is that true?
Can be: Yes but it could also be the symptom of an irritated nerve. Pain with use, not at rest, points more toward a joint or tendon pain. ...Read more
I have sharp shooting pains around the thumb into the wrist and they said it is a symptom and of arthritis but that make sense?
Thumb arthritis : At the basilar joint or cmc joint where the thumb and wrist meets often presents with pain radiation to the thenar eminence the muscles that help move the thumb or along the wrist up the forearm it is a very common problem. Treatment begins conservative with ice, OTC NSAIDs , part time soft splints. And understanding how to modify activity without impacting daily use. If symptoms worsen prescriptions injections and even surgery can help you could find more information by seeing a hand surgeon ...Read more
Have got a numb thumb since last two months. Some say it is arthritis. Coyld you suggest any medication?
Numb thumb: Consider tendonitis ( de Quervains), or nerve compression. What type of work do you do? Do you have DM? injury/ burns? If it is repetitive work using the thumb consider breaking every half hour to relax the thumb. may also consider use intermittently of thumb spica splint. Other rare considerations is MS. See an orthopedist /neurologist this week. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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