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Hand FAQ

Question:

I've just been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the right thumb. All of my symptoms are at the base of the thumb. I'm worried because I work as a seamstress. Will I still be able to do my job five years from now?

Answer:

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common problem for many adults as we get older. Thumb OA is especially common. Severe pain and disability from OA at the base of the thumb only affects a small number of people.

Thumb OA rarely causes disability. Treatment is possible with drugs, splinting, and exercises. Surgery may be needed in severe cases. Even if you had an operation, return to work is likely after rehab.

Mikko M. Haara, MD, et al. Osteoarthritis in the Carpometacarpal Joint of the Thumb. In The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. July 2004. Vol. 86-A. No. 7. Pp. 1452-1456.

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