Basal Joint Arthritis

Basal joint arthritis is a degenerative process that takes place at the base of your thumb.

Basal Joint Arthritis

Basal joint arthritis is a degenerative process that takes place at the base of your thumb. It occurs when the cartilage in your thumb joint wears down. Eventually, the base of the first metacarpal bone and the trapezium, a small carpal (wrist) bone beneath the thumb, begin to rub against each other. This is the origin of your pain which may be felt as an aching, stabbing, or intermittent pain. It is usually exacerbated by certain activities such as opening jars, turning car keys, or opening doors. Your thumb may feel weak and have decreased range of motion. This condition usually develops over time, but in some cases it may first be noticed after trauma or injury. It can be diagnosed through careful examination of the hands and thumbs as well as via x-rays which are helpful in obtaining a definitive diagnosis and gives your physician a better idea of how far the arthritis has progressed. Treatment of basal joint arthritis depends on the patient, the severity of symptoms, and the stage of the disease process. Usually, initial treatment is conservative and consists of bracing and cortisone injections. Our office allows us to image your hand through fluoroscopy to ensure that the cortisone is injected into the exact location of your arthritis. If symptoms persist or worsen over time you may be a candidate for surgery. You can read more on surgical intervention by visiting our “Procedures” page and clicking on “Basal Joint Arthroplasty”.

Basal Joint Arthritis

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As our patient, you will have an in-depth consultation with one of our doctors. We will create an individualized treatment plan together, tailored to your problem and lifestyle. Our doctors prefer non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy and/or injections. If your problem ultimately does require surgery, our doctors prefer the least invasive surgical techniques possible. Our goals are the same as yours: to get you back to living your best life, pain free. 

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