Description of hand and thumb positioning with regard to arthritis of the thumb and carpal tunnel syndrome.
If you are experiencing symptoms of thumb arthritis, you are in good company. Joint pain in the thumb is a very common problem and is considered to be second in prevalence only to arthritis in the knee. But, what is arthritis, really? Arthritis is a condition that affects the joints – the places where 2 bones meet. Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic, autoimmune condition that generally affects all the joints in the body. Osteoarthritis, on which this article focuses, typically affects individual joints and is much more common. Symptoms of arthritis can include joint pain, stiffness, locking and immobility, as well as swelling, tenderness, weakness and joint redness.
What is arthritis in the thumb?
Thumb arthritis manifests in the basal joint, at the base of the thumb where it meets the wrist. The small carpal bone of the wrist and the first bone of the thumb, called the metacarpal, form this joint. The unique saddle-shape of the joint allows the thumb to have a wide range of motion, including up, down, across the palm, and the ability to pinch. This kind of motion is used to type and text, for example, as well as to hold a phone or steering wheel, and a fork, spoon or knife.
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