Advanced Thumb Arthritis Treatment
Thumb joint arthritis (CMC joint) is one of the most common causes of hand pain. Symptoms can include pain when gripping objects, difficulty opening doors or jars, and aching pain at the base of the thumb. Thumb arthritis usually occurs at the joint found at the base of the thumb, where the thumb meets the wrist. This joint, called the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint, is important when trying to grip or pinch. Thumb arthritis is a bit more common in women than men, and increases in frequency over the age of 40 years.
Treatment options include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), splints, steroids and surgery. The surgery has usually been performed with large incisions and typically requires removal of one or two wrist bones, along with several months of therapy. However, Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice has been one of the pioneers in a minimally invasive thumb surgery using a new stem cell resurfacing technique and ligament reconstruction.