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Thumb Arthritis Treatment Overview

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Care Plan

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First steps to consider

  • Mild pain can be treated at home.
  • OTC pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve) can help relieve pain.
  • Splints can be used to reduce pain and improve thumb positioning.
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When you may need a provider

  • OTC medications are not helping the pain or stop helping over time.
  • Pain is severe or causes weakness with various movements like pinching and grasping.

Emergency Care

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Go to the ER if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Swelling, redness, and increased warmth over the area
  • Sudden sharp pain with a visible deformity, especially after a fall or trauma.

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