How do I get rid of arthritis in my thumb?
- Topical medications, such as capsaicin or diclofenac, which are applied to the skin over the joint.
- Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or naproxen sodium (Aleve)
What triggers thumb arthritis?
Thumb arthritis commonly occurs with aging. Previous trauma or injury to the thumb joint also can cause thumb arthritis. In a normal thumb joint, cartilage covers the ends of the bones — acting as a cushion and allowing the bones to glide smoothly against each other.
Can an arthritic thumb Be Fixed?
Ligament Reconstruction and Tendon Interposition (LRTI)
In use for more than 40 years, LRTI is the most commonly performed surgery for thumb arthritis. The damaged joint surfaces are removed and replaced with a cushion of tissue that keeps the bones separated.