Why does my thumb hurt?
How would I know I had arthritis?
What are the treatment options?
Most people require only reassurance as to what the problem is. Modifying activities or taking simple pain killers usually helps, as can splinting and conservative treatment such as physiotherapy and hand therapy. If these aren’t successful, an injection would be the next option and surgery a final resort. Traditional surgical options have been joint excision without replacement (a trapeziectomy) or fusion of the joint (arthrodesis), and whilst both operations are excellent at relieving pain, the downsides can be loss of range of motion or strength.