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Thumb Arthritis

At Shift, we understand how Thumb Arthritis can affect many aspects of your life — your independence, activity levels, work, hobbies, and more. That’s why we have created an integrative model, one that acknowledges all of these components of your health and wellbeing to support the whole you. We also offer you the best of eastern and western therapies side by side. Our compassionate team, collaborative model, and open, light-filled environment further promote deeper healing.

Our goal at Shift is to listen to your story and your goals so that together we can develop an individualized plan to help you achieve optimal health. The first step is to call us for a free phone consultation so that we can guide you to the right therapist and help you set up an appointment with a top Certified Hand Therapist in NYC for Thumb Arthritis treatment.

During your initial appointment, you will have the opportunity to share with your hand therapist what you are hoping to achieve while at Shift. Our expert Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) will perform a full evaluation and together you will come up with a customized treatment plan for your thumb arthritis.

What is Thumb Arthritis?

Thumb arthritis is a condition common with aging. It occurs when cartilage wears away from the ends of the bones that form your thumb joint, also known as the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint.

Symptoms of Thumb Arthritis

  • Joint pain and tenderness
  • Joint swelling and stiffness
  • Joint deformity
  • Tendon malalignment and rupture
  • Numbness in the hand and arm
  • Shoulder/elbow pain
  • Increased difficulty performing daily activities such as turning keys, buttoning, cutting, writing, and dressing.

Common Causes of Thumb Arthritis

  • Aging
  • Wear and tear
  • Repetitive motion

If Left Untreated

One may experience severe pain and an inability to hold objects.

Negative Affects of Thumb Arthritis

Thumb arthritis can cause severe pain, swelling, and decreased strength and range of motion. This makes it difficult to do simple tasks such as turning doorknobs and opening jars. Severe thumb arthritis may require surgery.

Thumb Arthritis Treatment at Shift

Treatment typically involves a combination of medication and splints. At Shift, we focus on first controlling the pain, educating on activity modification, and then carefully initiate a strengthening program. Strong evidence points to orthotics decreasing thumb arthritis pain. Our highly skilled Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) can fabricate custom orthotics for you to help relieve your  thumb arthritis pain.

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