Relief from Basilar Thumb Arthritis

Basilar thumb arthritis is one of over a hundred types of arthritis that can affect people of all ages. Thumb arthritis can make it difficult to turn a doorknob or grasp objects or open jars due to the pain, swelling and limited range of motion. Treatment for less severe cases may include medication, injection therapy and splints to support the joint and limit motion of the thumb. Severe basilar thumb arthritis might require surgery. 

Surgical options include joint fusion (arthrodesis), osteotomy, trapeziectomy (removal of a thumb bone called the trapezium) and joint replacement or arthroplasty.These procedures are all outpatient procedures. After surgery, Dr. Ozeran places a cast or splint over the thumb and wrist for up to six weeks. He may also recommend physical therapy to help you regain your hand strength and normal movement after your cast or splint has been removed.

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