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

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 more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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How do I know if I have thumb arthritis as a 15 year old?

How do I know if I have thumb arthritis as a 15 year old?

Osteoarthritis: Rare at your age, but inflammatory arthritis is diagnose by physical exam, sometimes blood test and advanced imaging studies. ...Read more

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Have got a numb thumb since last two months. Some say it is arthritis. Coyld you suggest any medication?

Have got a numb thumb since last two months. Some say it is arthritis. Coyld you suggest any medication?

Cause of numbness: needs to be determined. Compression of a nerve is implied. Is this due to bony overgrowth, swelling of soft tissues, is the nerve made more susceptible to injury by an underlying neuropathic process like diabetes or toxic nutritional factors ? Is the problem due to a branch of the median nerve or the radial nerve? No medication helps with numbness unless it reduces swelling, treats infection etc. ...Read more

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Will basilar thumb arthritis get better over time?

Will basilar thumb arthritis get better over time?

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 more

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Does hair and my thumb area is hurting could it be arthritis?

Does hair and my thumb area is hurting could it be arthritis?

See below: I do not know what you by hair, but yes could have arthritis in your thumb. You cannot get it in your hair. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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What type of surgery is best for basal thumb arthritis?

What type of surgery is best for basal thumb arthritis?

Many choices: Specifically, with respect to surgery, patients do well with either simple trapeziectomy with or without ligament reconstruction. ...Read more

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What to do if i might have arthritis in my left index finger and thumb?

What to do if i might have arthritis in my left index finger and thumb?

Osteoarthritis: Those are two of the most common sites to develop osteoarthritis an overuse type of degenerative joint disease. Seek care with a hand surgeon, splinting may be helpful, anti-inflammatories or steroid injections may be indicated. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more