Arthritis (Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Polymyalgia Rheumatica, Carpal Metacarpal Arthritis of thumb)
Physiotherapy treatment is designed to reduce pain, reduce inflammation which leads to further joint deterioration, improve motion at the joint, improve joint alignment, improve muscle stability/strength around the joint, and improve your function. Research has shown that Physiotherapy based exercise significantly improves the symptoms of patients with osteoarthritis.
Carpal Metacarpal Arthritis of theThumb
The CMC joint is where the metacarpal bone of the thumb attaches to the trapezium bone of the wrist. It affects 11% and 33% of men and women in their 50's and 60's. The CMC joint is the joint that allows you to move your thumb in towards your palm and into a hitch hiking position. Symptoms of this arthritis are inflammation, pain at the base of the thumb and in the thick part of the palm of the hand, stiffness, and pain with gripping objects.
Range of motion and stretching exercises are prescribed to improve your thumb function and motion. Strengthening exercises for the hand and arm can help steady the thumb joint from shock and stress with improving stability. Joint mobilzations, ultrasound and laser are effective treatments to aid in treatment. A thumb splint may also be prescribed to help keep the thumb stabilized. These devices are designed to help reduce your pain and still allow you to have good motion and function.