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FINGER ARTHRITIS


The joints in your hand and fingers are where two bones come together and glide as movements occur. Each bone has a joint surface made of cartilage that allows these joints to glide smoothly without pain or discomfort.


Arthritis is a condition that causes the joint surface to become damaged, inflamed and painful. This can result in bone rubbing on bone causing not only the cartilage to be become damaged but the bone as well.


Osteoarthritis that is the normal wear and tear of the joints over time, this can also be exacerbated by trauma to the joint or hand. Rheumatoid arthritis is an immune disease that causes destruction of the joint and inflammation of the surrounding structures. The conditions and treatment are very different.


Treatment for arthritis is determined individually through consultation and possible radiological studies to determine severity and the best management options.
























THUMB ARTHRITIS


Arthritis in the base of the thumb is a very common diagnosis.  It is also known as first CMC (carpometacarpal) joint arthritis.


The condition leads to severe and debilitating pain at the base of the thumb as the joint  degenerates and the bones begin to grind on each other.


A number of conditions exist which may mimic first CMC arthritis and the surgeon will confirm the diagnosis with clinical history and examination.  An x-ray of the joint will also assist.

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