Join Tami Huston, OTRL, clinical orthopedic specialist, for a presentation on osteoarthritis in the thumb – covering signs and symptoms, ways to increase mobility and strength, bone health and pain management.
Osteoarthritis in the thumb is the most common form of arthritis that affects the hands and occurs when cartilage wears away from the ends of the bones that form the joint at the base of the thumb — also known as the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint.
Thumb arthritis can cause severe pain, swelling, decreased strength and range of motion, making it difficult to do simple daily tasks, such as turning doorknobs and opening jars.
Factors that can increase the risk of thumb arthritis include: female gender above 40 years old, obesity, activities and jobs that put high stress on the thumb joint, and injuries to the thumb joint, such as fractures and sprains.
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