The thumb joint articulates with the trapezium which is one of the small carpal bones in the hand. This is the most commonly affected joint in the hand with osteoarthritis. More common in women than men with 30% of women aged over 40 years showing arthritic changes on x-ray. May exist as a localised (single joint) or type of inflammatory arthritis e.g rheumatoid arthritis/gout and previous injuries may increase risk.
X-ray can assess the level of osteoarthritis
Thumb OsteoarthritisWrist and Hand Pain
GP Debenham Group Practice, IES CCG Prescribing and Diagnostics Lead
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