Arthritis of the carpometacarpal joint (CMC), also known as thumb arthritis, can lead to problems with gripping motions and interfere with everyday activities, as well as produce hand, wrist, and thumb pain. While anyone can develop thumb arthritis, the condition is more common in women over the age of 40.
Thumb arthritis results from deterioration of the cartilage that protects the thumb joint. In addition to gender and age, factors such as obesity, genetics, a previous injury, repetitive motion activities, and certain underlying medical conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis, can also increase the risk of developing thumb arthritis.
Signs and Symptoms of Thumb Arthritis
Pain is the most common symptom of thumb arthritis, typically at the base of the thumb while performing grasping or pinching motions.
Other thumb arthritis symptoms include:
- Swelling/tenderness/stiffness at the base of the thumb
- Diminished strength with grasping or pinching motions
- Diminished range of motion
- Bone growth at base of thumb
- Bone spurs – when the cartilage that protects the CMC joint deteriorates, the resulting friction from the exposed bones rubbing together can cause growth of additional new bony fragments (bone spurs).
Treatment for Thumb Arthritis in Phoenix
Thumb arthritis has traditionally been treated with conservative methods like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), splints, steroidal medication, and, in severe cases, surgery. Traditional surgical methods typically involved a larger incision and removal of a wrist bone, which required a long and intensive recovery period.
Phoenix hand surgeon Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice has pioneered a revolutionary series of minimally invasive treatment procedures for a range of hand injuries and conditions, including thumb arthritis. Using standard arthroscopy techniques, Dr. Fitzmaurice obtains full visualization of the joint to assess and correct existing damage.
Depending on the extent of the damage, Dr. Fitzmaurice removes any existing bone spurs and reconstructs degenerated cartilage through cutting-edge regenerative medicine techniques. Dr. Fitzmaurice uses amniotic stem cells and injects a mixture into the affected joint to help enhance healing and recovery time. The EndoTech® Endoscopic Arthroplasty of CMC Joint with Stem Cell Resurfacing system is available exclusively at the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in Phoenix and is changing the way both common and complex hand injuries are treated.
Contact an Experienced Hand Surgeon and Arthritis Expert in Phoenix Today!
Board-certified hand surgeon Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice has developed an exclusive, state-of-the-art treatment system to offer relief from arthritis pain in a quick and reliable, minimally invasive procedure. Contact the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in Phoenix today at (480) 526-5106 to learn more about the EndoTech® Endoscopic Arthroplasty of CMC Joint with Stem Cell Resurfacing for thumb arthritis. Prospective patients can also contact us online.
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