If you have pain at the base of your thumb went gripping items between your thumb and index finger you may basilar joint arthritis. The pain is the results from cartilage wear leading to bone rubbing on bone. Portland plastic surgeons Dr. Keith C. Neaman and Dr. Dustin Christiansen have extensive training and experience in the treatment of basilar joint arthritis. To schedule your personal consultation, please call Neaman Plastic Surgery at 844-338-5445. There are numerous non-surgical and surgical options to help provide pain relief and increased strength.
Arthritis is the result of cartilage wear in your joints. This cartilage provides a smooth gliding surface for your joints to move painlessly. As we age, the cartilage breaks down leading to bone rubbing on bone. This results in inflammation and joint destruction leading to pain with motion. As the arthritis worsens, strength is decreased, motion becomes limited and swelling may occur.
Significant improvement can be obtained with non-surgical treatments. In a majority of patients, anti-inflammatories, nighttime splinting and intermittent steroid injections can decrease swelling and improve pain. In those patients who fall to respond to non-operative treatments, surgery may be recommended.
To learn more about non-operative and surgical treatments for basilar joint arthritis, please contact Neaman Plastic Surgery for your personal consultation. We welcome hand surgery patients from the greater Portland, Salem, and Eugene, Oregon, areas.