Please be advised; the information contained within this website is designed to help people who want to take care of their thumbs while they are still healthy, or are just starting to develop a twinge of pain that may be a sign of very early basal joint arthritis.
It is not designed to take the place of professional medical attention. The information provided here is based on literature related to basal joint arthritis combined with the clinical expertise of this hand therapist and my peers in the hand therapy community.
None of these exercises or strategies presented here should increase your pain, and should not be used as a substitute for seeking professional medical attention for pain or loss of function. There are many other potential reasons for thumb pain, particularly if you have recently been injured. Seek help a from a hand specialist such as a hand surgeon or occupational or physical therapists who specialize in the treatment of patients with hand injuries i.e. certified hand therapists (CHTs) if you have persistent or increasing pain.
Don’t be concerned that going to a hand surgeon automatically means you’ll need surgery. Hand surgeons specialize in the treatment of patients with hand injuries and can help better diagnose what is causing your pain.