Basal Joint Osteoarthritis
Top Washington D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia Orthopedic Surgeons Specializing in Basal Joint Osteoarthritis
This condition is a degeneration of cartilage in the joints at the base of the thumb, collectively called the basal joint. The main component of the basal joint is the thumb carpometacarpal (CMC), joint. This joint, which allows the thumb to pivot and swivel, can wear out even early in life.
What is basal joint osteoarthritis?
This detailed video describes the condition of basal joint osteoarthritis, including its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Treatment options include cortisone injections, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, use of a splint or brace, exercise, and modification of daily activities. Surgery may be needed.