Treating Basal Joint Arthritis
Your treatment will depend on how severe the pain is and how worn the joint is.
If arthritis is diagnosed early, it often responds to treatment without surgery. Your doctor may put a splint on your thumb for
If nonsurgical treatment doesn’t relieve the pain and stiffness, or if arthritis has destroyed the joint, your doctor may recommend surgery. The diseased joint is removed. Then the joint is rebuilt, usually with a piece of tendon (graft) taken from your arm or wrist. Your arm, or sometimes your entire body, is anesthetized so you don’t feel anything during surgery. You can probably go home the day of surgery.
First your hand will be wrapped in a dressing. Then you’ll have a cast or a splint on your thumb for