What Is Basal Joint Arthritis?

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Basal joint arthritis, also known as thumb arthritis, is the result of the wearing away of cartilage in the joint at the base of the thumb.

Common signs and symptoms might include:

  • Pain that occur at the base of your thumb when you grip, grasp or pinch an object, or use your thumb to apply force.
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Decreased strength when pinching or grasping objects
  • Enlarged or bony appearance of the joint at the base of your thumb
  • Swelling, stiffness and tenderness at the base of your thumb

Try to avoid clenching your hands when you carry things, as this can aggravate symptoms. You can also try over-the-counter pain reliever or anti-inflammatory medication to relieve the pain. A splint can also provide temporary support for your thumb and wrist, limiting movement so your joints can rest. It can also help with training your joints back into the correct position.

Im 16 years old and today my thumb started to ache at the base joint.

it is most likely an overuse injury, basal joint arthritis often happens in middle age people
You're too young for the joint to be arthritic. Still, you should go to a doctor if your condition isn’t get better few days later..
My left thumb hurts so bad it is so stiff in the moring i can barely write? Is it Basal Joint Arthritis?
i would see your family doctor then when they can check it out. they can refer you to specialist if its something bad. But i suggest you not text or do anything you use your thumbs. It might be basal joint arthritis. Good luck!
Basal joint arthritis is a very common problem when we get older. what helps me the most for the same condition is DMSO from the health food store. I use it every night before bed, or any time it's hurting. They can do surgery for it but it's very very painful for weeks, and they take out a little bone so your hand never looks quite the same again. I got it done on one hand and it did help with the pain.