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What to Expect When You Have Thumb Arthritis

Thumb Arthritis BellevueHave you ever noticed a throbbing pain around the base of your thumb and wrist? If this pain sounds familiar, it’s quite common to receive this type of condition especially if you are over the age of 50. The condition we are talking about is thumb arthritis, which enflames the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint.

While it seems minimal, thumb arthritis can make a detriment impact on your life. The CMC joint gives you the ability to grip and pinch. When that joint is enflamed, it limits your thumbs’ range of motion. At Bellevue Bone and Joint Physicians, we have the experts to treat thumb arthritis in Bellevue. However, it’s up to you to take action and stop the pain.

How do you know whether you have thumb arthritis?

Thumb arthritis has multiple symptoms including:

  • Pain near the base of your thumb
  • Swelling in that same area
  • A grinding sensation when bending/moving your thumb
  • Limited thumb motion
  • Difficulty pinching and/or gripping

How will we diagnose it?

You recognized the symptoms and have come to us to figure out your pain. Thumb arthritis can be diagnosed by a clinical examination, and x-rays help us determine the severity of the arthritis.

Where do we go from here?

Depending on the stages of the arthritis, there are multiple treatments we are able to approach.

In the early stages, we usually treat our patients with medications (anti-inflammatories), splinting, and steroid injections. While these methods do not cure thumb arthritis, it can provide relieve your symptoms for months, even years.

If the arthritis is severe, surgery becomes the go-to option where we replace the joint and stabilize the ligaments. These treatment options are effective, and are worthwhile after your recovery period.

It’s possible to live life comfortably without the annoying pain caused by thumb arthritis. Give us a call today to schedule your evaluation with one of our experts!