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Is it possible to keep playing guitar with arthritis in the thumbs?
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Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Musician
Muscians from the novice to the professional need to adapt as they age.
The string player who changes technique for vibrato, the guitar player who slows down, all are part of aging. Playing an instrument can also be protective, by keeping joints limber and strong, the key is to adapt and avoid sever pain but keep playing its better than stopping typically. Once you stop its harder to start.

In brief: Musician
Muscians from the novice to the professional need to adapt as they age.
The string player who changes technique for vibrato, the guitar player who slows down, all are part of aging. Playing an instrument can also be protective, by keeping joints limber and strong, the key is to adapt and avoid sever pain but keep playing its better than stopping typically. Once you stop its harder to start.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
In brief: Lots
There are many options for treatment.
Medications like anti-inflammatory options like ibuprofen, naproxen, etc. Other options include synvisc/euflexxa injections to help lubricate the joint or even platelet/stem cell therapies as well. Generally these options are not covered by your insurance though. Check out Regenexx.Com.

In brief: Lots
There are many options for treatment.
Medications like anti-inflammatory options like ibuprofen, naproxen, etc. Other options include synvisc/euflexxa injections to help lubricate the joint or even platelet/stem cell therapies as well. Generally these options are not covered by your insurance though. Check out Regenexx.Com.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Michael Laccheo
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
In brief: Yes
There are many medications and orthotics that can be used to help with the pain and keep one functional.

In brief: Yes
There are many medications and orthotics that can be used to help with the pain and keep one functional.
Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheo
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