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Problems with your Thumb?

Orthopaedic Specialty Care of Ocala, Florida, has a fellowship trained upper extremity surgeon, treating common thumb problems that can significantly impact daily life. Two prevalent conditions affecting the thumb are CMC (Carpometacarpal) or Basilar joint arthritis, often accompanied by potential subluxation and trigger thumb.


Trigger thumb, characterized by a catching or locking sensation in the thumb as it bends and straightens, can be debilitating and interfere with simple tasks. Conservative treatments such as splinting, medication, and injection may be recommended initially to alleviate symptoms and restore functionality. In cases where conservative measures fail to provide relief, minimally invasive procedures such as a surgical release of the affected tendon may be considered to address the underlying issue effectively.


CMC joint arthritis involves the deterioration of the joint at the base of the thumb, leading to pain, swelling, and limited power and mobility, sometimes resulting in subluxation, where the joint partially dislocates. Individuals grappling with CMC joint arthritis and potential subluxation can benefit from a multidisciplinary approach to tailor treatment plans that address the unique needs and goals of each patient. Non-surgical interventions, including splinting, activity modification, injection, and anti-inflammatory medications, may be utilized to manage symptoms and preserve joint function. In cases where conservative measures prove insufficient, surgical options such as first carpometacarpal arthroplasty with interpositional graft may be explored to alleviate pain, improve thumb function and power to enhance overall quality of life.


Through personalized care and innovative treatment strategies, Orthopaedic Specialty Care remains dedicated to helping individuals overcome common thumb problems and regain optimal hand function and comfort.


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