312017Jul

Florida Hand Doctor Discusses Arthritis of the Hand

Florida Hand Doctor Discusses Arthritis of the Hand There are many bones, muscles and ligaments in your hands, and they all work together to perform a very wide range of motion, from grasping large objects to threading a needle. Arthritis of the hands can make these tasks difficult, as pain and stiffness prevent you from moving your fingers, thumb and wrists freely. Left untreated, arthritis can actually change the shape of the bones in your hand and wrist, causing even more pain and limited mobility. Fortunately, our Florida hand doctor has the training, experience, and advanced tools to detect, diagnose and treat arthritis of the hand. About Arthritis Arthritis is…

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292017Jun

The Basics of Basilar Joint Arthritis

Basilar Joint Arthritis Defined Otherwise known as “thumb arthritis,” basilar joint arthritis is the most common form of hand wear and tear arthritis (osteoarthritis) according to the medical experts at the Mayo Clinic. The condition arises when the joint cartilage at the base of the thumb begins to wear away. As this cartilage tissue becomes thinner, it provides less and less cushioning to protect against the thumb’s constant fine motor movements. Without an abundance of cushioning cartilage, damage and inflammation compound exponentially as joints become rougher and grind even harder against one another. Patients often become aware of this damage when they begin to experience pronounced localized pain, swelling, tenderness, and…

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122017May

Treating Basilar Joint Arthritis

The opposable thumb is one of the important musculoskeletal differences that makes humans what they are. The thumb allows us to grip things more securely and perform a variety of tasks more efficiently. However, as a moveable joint, the thumb is susceptible to arthritis, called basilar joint arthritis because it occurs at the base of the thumb. At the Florida Hand Center, we can treat basilar joint arthritis conservatively or with surgery. About Basilar Joint Arthritis Arthritis comes in many forms, but the two most common types are autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasitic arthritis, and degenerative arthritis, which usually occurs with increasing age and wear and tear. In…

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52017May

What to Expect if You Develop Small Joint Arthritis

Fingers are so useful that anything that interferes with their ability to move properly can derail everyday activities.  One of the disorders that affects how fingers work is small joint arthritis. Overview of Small Joint Arthritis The Arthritis Foundation notes that a joint in the hand is the meeting of two or more bones.  While the thumb contains two joints, every finger has three.  Cartilage covers the surfaces of bones where they converge to make joints.  This provides a gliding surface as bones move against each other.  A capsule lined with a thin membrane that secretes lubricating fluid encloses finger joints. After significant wear or damage to cartilage, a joint…

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222017Mar

Exploring Treatment Options for Basilar Joint Arthritis

Basilar joint arthritis is a painful condition that affects men and women all over the United States. Fortunately, effective treatment options are available. Below is some information to help you understand this condition and select the best treatment. Understanding Basilar Joint Arthritis Basilar joint arthritis is a condition that causes a toothache-like pain in the wrist and thumb when you attempt to twist, pinch or grip an object with that hand. Some patients may also notice pain when the weather changes. This pain is the result of thinning in the cartilage between the wrist and the thumb, which leads to inflammation. You may have this condition in just one hand, or…

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302017Jan

A Patient’s Guide to Basilar Joint Arthritis Treatment

A common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis that affects various joints in the body. When it involves the joint at your thumb’s base where it meets your wrist it is referred to as basilar joint arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage in the bones of the thumb begins to  wears away, and is s associated with aging. Thumb arthritis seems to affect women more than men. Some common symptoms of basilar joint arthritis include: Swelling at the base of your thumb A warmth sensation at the base of your thumb Pain when grasping or pinching Tenderness to the touch Any of these symptoms could be a sign of this type…

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62016Dec

Hand Doctor Discusses Basilar Joint Arthritis

Hand Doctor Discusses Basilar Joint Arthritis Arthritis of the thumb, also known as basilar joint arthritis, causes pain and stiffness in your thumb joint. Doctors refer to the joint where your thumb meets your hand, near your wrist and fleshy part of your thumb, as the basal joint. This joint allows you to swivel and pivot your thumb, and to pinch your fingers and thumb together to grip objects. Arthritis irritates or destroys joints between bones. There are more than 100 types of arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says that osteoarthritis, which is arthritis resulting from normal…

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42016Oct

Non-Surgical and Surgical Treatments for Basilar Joint Arthritis

Are you experiencing pain at the base of your thumb, decreased strength, or reduced range of motion, particularly when you pinch, grasp, or grip an object? Do you have a visibly large, bony area of the joint located at the base of thumb? Have you noticed swelling, tenderness, or stiffness at your thumb joint? If you have experienced any of these, chances are you have what is known as Basilar Joint Arthritis, or thumb arthritis. Unfortunately, thumb arthritis is quite coming as you age. It occurs as your cartilage begins to wear away over time at the area surrounding your thumb joint, otherwise known as carpometacarpal (CMC) joint. Fortunately, there…

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262016Aug

Understanding Your Treatment Options for Basilar Joint Arthritis

Basilar joint arthritis is a common type of osteoarthritis. It affects the joint located at the base of the thumb,called the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint,where it intersects with the wrist. The condition develops from wear and tear over time, when the cartilage covering the bone degenerates, causing excess bone to form. It can also develop as a result of an injury. Regardless of its cause, its leads to bone-on-bone friction and pain.   Women, particular over the age of 40, are more often afflicted by thumb arthritis than men by 10 to one, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Early Treatment for Thumb Arthritis When the arthritic pain is mild, rest, splinting,…

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282016Jun

Understanding Your Treatment Options for Basilar Joint Arthritis

Basilar joint arthritis is a common type of osteoarthritis. It affects the joint located at the base of the thumb,called the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint,where it intersects with the wrist. The condition develops from wear and tear over time, when the cartilage covering the bone degenerates, causing excess bone to form. It can also develop as a result of an injury. Regardless of its cause, its leads to bone-on-bone friction and pain. Women, particular over the age of 40, are more often afflicted by thumb arthritis than men by 10 to one, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Early Treatment for Thumb Arthritis When the arthritic pain is mild, rest, splinting, or…

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