Some areas of the hand and wrist are vulnerable to arthritis. One particular area is the base of the thumb. Sometimes it presents as swelling, pain with activity, or both. If you are experiencing pain, stiffness, or swelling with use of your thumb or other fingers, please contact our office for an appointment.
Hand and Wrist Arthritis
Osteoarthritis (OA) of the hand and wrist commonly affects adults over 40 years old. Symptoms usually include joint pain and stiffness. Sometimes individuals notice bony enlargements of the fingers and hands.
Sometimes inflammatory arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis can cause swelling, warmth, and pain in certain joints of the hand and usually affects both hands.
It is important for a sports medicine specialist or hand specialist to carefully evaluate the painful hand by examining its range of motion, strength, and checking for areas of swelling.
Depending on what is noted after a careful history and exam, it may be necessary to perform imaging tests like x-rays and ultrasound. It could also be important to check certain laboratory tests.
If you are experiencing chronic pain, stiffness, or swelling with use of your hand or wrist, it could be due to arthritis.