Carpometacarpal (CMC) Joint Arthritis in Manhattan, NY

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About Carpometacarpal (CMC) Joint Arthritis

Thumb arthritis is the most common form of osteoarthritis affecting the hand. Also called basal joint arthritis, thumb arthritis occurs when the cushioning cartilage wears away from the adjoining ends of the bones that form your thumb joint (carpometacarpal joint). Thumb arthritis usually occurs as a result of trauma or injury to the joint or wear and tear that accumulates over time.

Symptoms of Carpometacarpal (CMC) Joint Arthritis

The most common symptom of thumb arthritis is pain at the base of the thumb. Pain occurs with forceful motions of the thumb, such as gripping and turning. Eventually, you may even experience pain when not using your thumb. Other signs and symptoms may include:

  • Swelling, stiffness, and tenderness at the base of your thumb
  • Decreased strength when pinching or gripping objects
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Enlarged, bony or out-of-joint appearance of the base of your thumb

Treatment of Carpometacarpal (CMC) Joint Arthritis

Our physicians specialize in treating CMC joint arthritis through interventional joint and regenerative medicine techniques. For those looking to optimize their healing and return to function, we offer Regenexx platelet rich plasma (PRP) and bone marrow concentrate containing stem cells procedures.

If you suffer from symptoms of CMC joint arthritis, schedule a consultation with our interventional pain specialists at Ospina Medical in Midtown Manhattan today. We will create an individualized treatment plan to help treat your pain, improve your function and get you back to living your life.

CMC Joint Arthritis FAQ

How common is CMC arthritis?

CMC arthritis is very common. In fact, anywhere from 11% – 33% of men and women in their 50s and 60s are experiencing effects from CMC arthritis.

What happens if CMC arthritis is left untreated?

In the beginning, symptoms of CMC will include pain, swelling, and immobility. However, if this condition is left untreated, the bones in the affected area can begin to lose their shape, making these symptoms even worse and potentially leading to permanent damage.

Is CMC arthritis painful?

Yes. As the cartilage in the area begins to wear down, it causes the ends of the bones to rub together. This can cause immense pain from even the smallest movement of the joint.

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