Physical therapy exercises for postoperative basal joint arthroplasty from eight to 11 weeks generally include active thumb abductions, oppositions, extensions and circumductions. Active thumb abductions involve moving the affected thumb down -- away from the palm -- and then back to touch the index finger.
Basal joint arthritis occurs when the cartilage covering the bone on the base of your thumb deteriorates, causing the bones and joints to to grate against each other. The condition, also known as carpal metacarpal, affects one in four women and one in 12 men, reports the University of Washington Hand Center's website.
Physical Therapy Tips For Thumb Arthritis by Michael Curtis. Share 21. Tweet. Share. 21 Shares. A re you having trouble turning keys, opening jars, and gripping doorknobs? Is there pain in the base of your thumb? Does it feel weak and stiff? Basal joint arthritis of the thumb. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2000;8:314–23.
Left untreated, the thumb basal joint eventually fuses and the pain abates. However, the various deformities leave a poor-functioning thumb and, therefore, hand. The physical and occupational therapists at ApexNetwork Physical Therapy recognize and treat basal joint problems throughout the course of symptoms.
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).