Basal Joint Arthritis in San Diego, CA
Arthritis is the disease that causes inflammation and stiffness in the joints.
It often affects the joint at the base of the thumb, called the basal joint. Basal joint arthritis is most common in women over 40, but anyone can get it. The most common symptom is pain in the lower part of the thumb. You may feel pain when you lift something with the thumb and fingers, unscrew a jar lid, or turn a door handle or key. The joint may swell, and with time the thumb may become stiff or deformed.
Please see my blog post on this subject: The Hand Doctor Is In!
AAOS Fact Page: Arthritis of the Thumb