Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects the whole joint including bone, cartilage, ligaments and muscles. It commonly affects finger joints.
Osteoarthritis of the thumb
Osteoarthritis can develop at any age but tends to be more common in people aged over 40 years or those who have had joint injuries. It can develop slowly, over months or even years.
The most common symptoms are pain and stiffness of the joints. These symptoms may affect your ability to do normal daily activities.
The base of the thumb is very frequently affected. Treatment starts with hand therapy, splints and can be followed by steroid injections.
Timing is the key.
The aim of surgery is to restore movement and get rid of pain.