Basal Joint Osteoarthritis
What is Basal Joint Osteoarthritis?
Arthritis is a condition that irritates or destroys a joint. Although there are several types of arthritis, the one that most often affects the joint at the base of the thumb (the basal joint) is osteoarthritis (degenerative or “wear-and-tear” arthritis).
Symptoms of Basal Joint Osteoarthritis
Pain with activities that involve gripping or pinching, such as turning a key, opening a door, or snapping your fingers.
Swelling and tenderness at the base of the thumb.
An aching discomfort after prolonged use.
Loss of strength in gripping or pinching activities.
An enlarged, “out-of-joint” appearance.
Development of a bony prominence or bump over the joint.