Common Conditions: Thumb

December 2013

Carpometacarpal Arthritis (Basal Joint Arthritis)

by ljacob  |   in Common Conditions, Thumb

Carpo- refers to you wrist bones and –metacarpal refers to the long bone between your wrist bones and thumb bones. The joint between these two bones is called the carpometacarpal joint. With age, arthritis may develop at this joint. Thumb arthritis occurs when the cushioning cartilage at the joining ends of these two bones wears away. This may result in pain, swelling, decreased strength and range of motion, making it difficult to do simple activities of daily living. The goal of treatment is to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Depending on the severity of the arthritis, your doctor may recommend surgery.

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December 2013

Collateral Ligament Injury (Gamekeeper’s or Skier’s thumb)

by ljacob  |   in Common Conditions, Thumb

Ligaments are structures that attach bone to bone. In the thumb, the ulnar collateral ligament is found on the inside of your thumb knuckle connecting the two bones together. The injury occurs when there is an extreme force that pulls the thumb away from the palm of the hand. This can damage the ligament resulting in a tear (sprain) or rupture. Symptoms include pain, swelling and weakness of the thumb. The goal of treatment is to help the ligaments heal so that the thumb can be restored to full function.

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December 2013

De Quervain’s Tendinitis

by ljacob  |   in Common Conditions, Thumb

De Quervain tendinitis occurs when the tendons around the base of the thumb (where the thumb meets the wrist bones) are irritated or constricted. The word “tendinitis” refers to swelling of the tendons. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and tenderness along the thumb side of the wrist. The pain is particularly noticeable when forming a fist, grasping or gripping things, or when turning the wrist. The goal of treatment is to relieve the pain caused by irritation and swelling.

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