Basal Joint Arthritis Symptoms and Treatment

If you’re experiencing chronic pain and stiffness at the base of your thumb, you may be suffering from basal joint arthritis. This common condition occurs when the cartilage in the joint at the base of your thumb wears away, causing bone-on-bone contact, which leads to discomfort and limited mobility. If left untreated, basal joint arthritis can significantly impact your quality of life and ability to perform everyday activities.
At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, we understand how debilitating basal joint arthritis can be, and we’re here to help you find relief. Our team of experienced orthopedic specialists is dedicated to providing personalized care solutions to help you manage your symptoms and regain function in your hand.

Who Is Most Likely to Get Basal Joint Arthritis?

Basal joint arthritis can affect anyone, but it is most commonly seen in individuals over the age of 40. If you have a family history of arthritis, you may have an increased risk of developing basal joint arthritis. 

Generally, women are more prone to basal joint arthritis than men. If you have experienced a previous hand injury or have participated in activities that put a strain on your thumb joint, such as repetitive gripping or lifting heavy objects, you may also be at a higher risk for developing basal joint arthritis. 

Common Symptoms of Basal Joint Arthritis

Common symptoms of basal joint arthritis include pain, swelling, and stiffness at the base of your thumb, particularly when gripping or pinching objects. You may also notice a grinding or clicking sensation when moving your thumb, as well as a weakened grip and difficulty performing tasks that require fine motor skills.

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional to get an accurate diagnosis and determine the best treatment plan for your condition. Your doctor may conduct a physical examination to assess the mobility and strength of your thumb.

How Is Basal Joint Arthritis Diagnosed?

Your doctor will begin by taking a comprehensive medical history and conducting a physical examination. During the physical exam, they will likely assess the range of motion in your thumb and hand, look for signs of swelling or tenderness, and evaluate your strength and grip.

Sometimes, your doctor may also order imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI, or CT scans to get a closer look at the affected joint and rule out other potential causes of your symptoms. These imaging tests can help reveal any damage or changes in the joint, such as bone spurs or joint space narrowing, which are both often indicative of arthritis. Your doctor may recommend diagnostic injections, such as a corticosteroid injection, directly into the joint to help confirm the diagnosis and provide temporary relief.

Treatment for Basal Joint Arthritis

When it comes to treating basal joint arthritis, there are several options available to you. Conservative measures such as splinting, activity modification, and anti-inflammatory medications can help alleviate discomfort and improve functionality. As mentioned, corticosteroid injections may be recommended to reduce inflammation and provide temporary relief. 

If these non-surgical methods prove ineffective, surgical intervention may be necessary to address the underlying damage to the joint. There are several surgical procedures available for treating basal joint arthritis, including joint fusion, joint replacement, or a procedure to remove the arthritic bone and reconstruct the joint with a tendon graft.

Schedule a Consultation for Arthritis Pain at NJ Spine & Orthopedic Today

NJ Spine & Orthopedic offers state-of-the-art surgical techniques to treat basal joint arthritis, including joint reconstruction and arthroplasty. Our skilled surgeons will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs. We’re committed to providing compassionate care.

Whether you’re seeking non-surgical management options or considering surgical intervention, our team at NJ Spine & Orthopedic is here to help you. Don’t let basal joint arthritis hold you back. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. Call NJ Spine & Orthopedic at (866) 553-0612 or use our contact form.

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