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Is it true that aching in thumb joint is always arthritis?

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Dr. Steven Brown
Surgery - Hand Surgery
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In brief: No

Can be ligamentous injury, synovitis, tendonitis, gout or other inflammatory condition.
Or could be post traumatic deformity due to previous fracture you need to seek follow up care. Osteoarthritis is most common arthritic change of thumb joints and you are very young for this diagnosis.

In brief: No

Can be ligamentous injury, synovitis, tendonitis, gout or other inflammatory condition.
Or could be post traumatic deformity due to previous fracture you need to seek follow up care. Osteoarthritis is most common arthritic change of thumb joints and you are very young for this diagnosis.
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Dr. David Trettin
Agree w/ Dr.Brown. Tendinitis of your thumb tendons( deQuervains') would be the most likely cause of 'thumb pain' w/o a definitive injury in your age group.
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