Osteoarthritis of the thumb joint

Bradley Vance, MPT, BSc., discusses what occurs when someone develops osteoarthritis of the thumb joint and what treatment options are available.

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Bradley Vance, MPT, BSc., discusses what occurs when someone develops osteoarthritis of the thumb joint and what treatment options are available.
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Osteoarthritis of the thumb joint Author: Bradley Vance, MPT, BSc

Duration: 2:33

Presenter: Mr. Bradley Vance, Kinesiologist, Surrey, BC

Local Practitioners: Kinesiologist

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OA or osteoarthritis is a common chronic condition that can occur over time where the joints are damaged by mechanical overload and inflammation leading to a loss of joint space between bones.

Explanation:

OA or osteoarthritis is a common chronic condition that can involve one or more joints of the wrist, thumb, and fingers. It can occur with aging and involves a loss of articular cartilage through mechanical loading and inflammation and subsequently, a loss of joint space between the bones.

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A common site of OA development is between the bones that form the base of the thumb, the trapezium and the 1st metacarpal bone.

Explanation:

A common site of OA development is between the bones that form the joint at the base of the thumb, the trapezium and the 1st metacarpal bone.

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As the condition develops, one will often feel pain and stiffness at the base of the thumb, wrist and hand in general.

Explanation:

As the condition develops, you might begin to feel pain and stiffness at the base of the thumb, particularly with certain motions such as pinching or squeezing.

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A physiotherapist may suggest wearing a thumb splint, which would be worn during the night as well as when you are doing activities that require use of the hand and thumb.

Explanation:

A physiotherapist might suggest a splint to be worn to provide some external stability to help reduce pain and prevent deformity at the joint. These splints are usually worn only at night, during flare ups or during heavy or repeated activities involving the thumb.

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Doing exercises for OA of the thumb will make the joint worse and is not recommended.

Explanation:

A common misconception with arthritis is that exercise can further damage the joint. Exercise and movement are often some of the best things you can do for joint health, and a physiotherapist can work with you to ensure you are moving and loading the joint in a manner that is safe and beneficial for the health of your joints.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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