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Doctor insights on: Will Basilar Thumb Arthritis Get Better Over Time

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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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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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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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My mom has severe thumb arthritis and is in a lot of pain, what should she do to manage the pain, besides the splint & anti-inflammatory?

My mom has severe thumb arthritis and is in a lot of pain, what should she do to manage the pain, besides the splint & anti-inflammatory?

Thumb pain: There exist various types of simple but effective thumb and wrist braces which can help . Should also try glucosamine and some topical creams. Cortisone injections can help if one is careful to try only a few of them ( one a year) ...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

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