It is easy to take certain body parts for granted, and not be aware of just how vital they are until they are hurting or injured. Our hands, especially our thumbs are one such example! Arthritis in the thumb is called basal joint arthritis and occurs when the cartilage in the bones of the thumb are worn down. The basal joint allows the thumb to move around so you can perform small motor tasks. Without the cushioning provided by cartilage the bones grind together and cause damage, resulting in pain.

Thumb arthritis can cause severe hand pain, swelling, decreased strength and range of motion, and make it difficult to do simple household tasks. You may find it difficult to open jars, twist open a doorknob, or even snap your fingers. Aching and tenderness can result even in mild cases after prolonged use of your thumb. Over time, swelling can result in an enlarged, offset appearance of the thumb, as though it is “out-of-joint.” A bony protuberance or bump can develop over the joint as well.

If you have osteoarthritis in other joints—such as your knees, hips, or elbows—it may make thumb osteoarthritis more likely. Women are more prone to thumb arthritis, especially those with very flexible or lax thumb ligaments. Statistically, women are six times more likely than men to develop thumb arthritis. Arthritis is different in each individual. There are a variety of treatments that may work for your particular symptoms.

Physiotherapy can assist in relieving swelling, increasing range of movement, providing an exercise regime all with the aim of minimising the impact that injury or arthritis of the thumb and hand can cause to allow you to maintain as much independence as possible.

Just a reminder that we provide…

* Injury Treatment

* Pre and post surgery preparation and recovery

* Massage

* Exercise programs for Flexibility, Strength and Falls Prevention

* Chest Physio