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What is the best treatment for osteoarthritis in lower back and thumbs?

What is the best treatment for osteoarthritis in lower back and thumbs?

No single answer: There are many treatments for these two areas. Often arthritis of the thumb can be treated with topical ice and simple pain medications like acetaminophen or Advil (ibuprofen) Similar approaches with the back but often need higher doses Physical therapy for back is also very helpful You are somewhat young for typical osteoarthritis so there may be other things going on See a rheumatologist for surecdiagnosis ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Osteoarthritis (Definition)

Common degenerative problem of cartilage and joints. Wear and tear to a point that the joint no longer can keep up with depositing fresh cartilage and the joint space thins, bone becomes exposed and pailful, bone spurs ...Read more


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Back to my original question. I am taking upto 8 oxycontin. Per day. Could this be more than osteoarthritis. Both femurs were broke and thumbs are nad?

Back to my original question. I am taking upto 8 oxycontin. Per day. Could this be more than osteoarthritis. Both femurs were broke and thumbs are nad?

Same answer;: Could be, and could also be something new. Need more details as i sent you previously. I know you had a lot of fractures, but you're also at risk for complications (infection) if you don't take good care of yourself. Eat well, don't smoke, take stool softeners (colace) as a bowel regimen (not laxatives). Other diagnoses, or medications could be changing your liver/kidney function. Update me-. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is best treatment for osteoarthritis in lower back and thumbs and increasing body aches and pains?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is best treatment for osteoarthritis in lower back and thumbs and increasing body aches and pains?

Check diagnosis: At 36 itcwould be exceedingly unusual to have osteoarthritis without major trauma at this age i would be more concerned about a condition called spondylitis. I would seek the consultation of a rheumatologist to first make the correct diagnosis and start proper therapy. ...Read more

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58 yr old osteoarthritis had fx did not show on X-ray on thumb (fell and braced fall with outstretched hand) 1 year ago pain now whole thumb and down?

58 yr old osteoarthritis had fx did not show on X-ray on thumb (fell and braced fall with outstretched hand) 1 year ago pain now whole thumb and down?

Thumb arthritis: Not sure what the question is here , but could develop post-traumatic arthritis after a fracture, particularly if untreated. You should see an orthopaedic surgeon for an exam and x-rays. Bracing, meds, injections, or potential surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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I hav osteoarthritis in my right knee which ws found after a fall I also hav pain in left knee both thumbs & now in my low back is this osteoarthritis?

I hav osteoarthritis in my right knee which ws found after a fall I also hav pain in left knee both thumbs & now in my low back is this osteoarthritis?

Arthritis: There are several types of arthritis. Osteo is one and is typically from wear and tear. Traumatic arthritis can come from a break or a fall. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition. Please see your doc for diagnosis and possible treatment. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Gamers thumb -- do I need a splint?

Gamers thumb -- do I need a splint?

Possibly: A splint may decrease your symptoms. Try an otc brace or consult with your physician about a custom brace. ...Read more

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Fractured thumb-is it okay to take the splint off for a little while?

Fractured thumb-is it okay to take the splint off for a little while?

Sure, but be careful: Most likely if your in a splint your fracture is not significantly displaced. Don't use the thumb for anything while it is out of the splint and limit your time out of the splint to personal hygiene only. Follow your doctors instructions and get follow-up x-rays. Ice and elevated to control pain and swelling. ...Read more

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I've been given a splint for tendonitis in my thumb. I wasn't told whether to wear the splint at night and I didn't think to ask?

Depends on Ur age-: -it's most likely 4 an arthritic process @ the base of the thumb. If so wear it when U do activities that makes it sore. It it wakes U @ nite, use it then as well as any time U find something that mks it sore, wear it. Also if U can modify Ur activity that makes it sore do so. ...Read more

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Broken thumb. Dr gave me choice of splint or cast for 3 weeks. I opted for splint but am nervous. He was so busy and just said cast it later if i want?

Many non displaced : Fractures can be treated equally well in a cast or splint but for your own state of mind call the office of your treating physician. ...Read more

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Any ideas why thumb injury hurts more while splinted?

Position: It may be the position of the thumb in the splint, which can be adjusted by your doctor. The splint may also be too tight, if that is the case you need to elevate more or get the splint removed. ...Read more

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Why does a thumb injury hurt more while it's in a splint?

Why does a thumb injury hurt more while it's in a splint?

The splint may: not be the best fit for your hands or it can be putting stress on the injury such as a ligament injury or fracture or it can be irritating a nerve that lies just below the skin or even a small portion of the splint may be too tightThe best thing to do is talk to the supplier of prescriber of or maker of the splint and make sure it's fitted properly and also that it's the right split for the injury ...Read more

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Can strengthening help inflammation or hurt it? I have sprained thumbs and pinkies? I mean along with ice and splints.

Can strengthening help inflammation or hurt it? I have sprained thumbs and pinkies? I mean along with ice and splints.

Sprains: Healing is a process and as with any process takes a certain amount of time and can be broken into various phases. Before one proceeds to strengthening they need to make sure that an appropriate level of healing has taken place. Likewise, before strengthening commences one needs an appropriate amount of motion. Best to check with whomever is treating you. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a 2 sprained pinkies and two sprained thumbs. I ice and have a splint can I also do strengthening exercises?Will this make it worse ifnothealed

I have a 2 sprained pinkies and two sprained thumbs. I ice and have a splint can I also do strengthening exercises?Will this make it worse ifnothealed

Sprains: Healing is a process and as with any process takes a certain amount of time and can be broken into various phases. Before one proceeds to strengthening they need to make sure that an appropriate level of healing has taken place. Likewise, before strengthening commences one needs an appropriate amount of motion. Best to check with whomever is treating you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a splint or a wrap going to help a thumb contusion?

Can a splint or a wrap going to help a thumb contusion?

Yes: A thumb contusion can be painful. Swelling is the main issue so you need to elevate it above your heart if it is swollen. A splint can help protect it against further injury. It will also remind you to protect the thumb. A thin wrap is probably not going to do much , bit it is not going to harm it either if kept snug not tight. ...Read more

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I sprained my thumb in a car accident on monday. How long do I need to keep the splint in it! ?

I sprained my thumb in a car accident on monday.  How long do I need to keep the splint in it! ?

Thumb sprain : You may only have to use it for one week as long as there is no significant ligament damage or a fracture. Any problems check with an orthopedist. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Galland
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Splint (Definition)

A splint can be any type of external protection device designed to shield a bone or joint from injury. It may be used prophylactically to prevent injury or protect an injured bone or ...Read more