During a physical exam, your doctor will ask about your symptoms and look for noticeable swelling or lumps on your joints.
Your doctor might hold your joint while moving your thumb, with pressure, against your wrist bone. If this movement produces a grinding sound, or causes pain or a gritty feeling, the cartilage has likely worn down, and the bones are rubbing against each other.
Imaging techniques, usually for 1 last update 2020/08/05 X-rays, can reveal signs of thumb arthritis, including:Imaging techniques, usually X-rays, can reveal signs of thumb arthritis, including:
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In the early stages of thumb arthritis, treatment usually involves a combination of non-surgical therapies. If your thumb arthritis is severe, surgery might be necessary.
Arthritis Curehow to Arthritis Cure for To relieve pain, your doctor might the 1 last update 2020/08/05 recommend:To relieve pain, your doctor might recommend:
Topical medications, such as capsaicin or diclofenac, which are applied to the skin over the joint Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or naproxen sodium (Aleve) Prescription pain relievers, such as celecoxib (Celebrex) or tramadol (Conzip, Ultram) Splint
A splint can support your joint and limit the movement of your thumb and wrist. You might wear a splint just at night or throughout the day and night.
Splints can help:
Decrease pain Encourage proper positioning of your joint while you complete tasks Rest your joint Injections
If pain relievers and a splint aren''t respond to other treatments or if you''acces-list-container rc-list''s the most likely cause of my symptoms?
What kinds of tests do I need? Is my condition likely temporary or chronic? What treatments are available? Are there any restrictions I should follow? I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
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What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them may leave time to go over points you want to discuss in depth. You might be asked:
When did your pain begin? How severe are your symptoms? Are they continuous or occasional? What, if anything, seems to improve or worsen your symptoms? Have you ever injured that hand?