The Hand Center welcomes Jill Putnam, MD to the practice! Dr. Putnam started September 1st.
If arthritis or a thumb injury is causing pain that you can’t treat at home, the specialists at The Hand Center can help. With offices in Hartford, Glastonbury, Tolland, and Bloomfield, Connecticut, the team of physicians provides on-site diagnostic testing to identify the source of pain in your thumb. They also offer customized treatment plans to help you find relief from pain and improved range of motion in your thumb. To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for thumb pain, call The Hand Center office nearest you or request an appointment online now.
Thumb pain can be the result of an injury to your hand or could develop due to degenerative changes that affect the joints, ligaments, and cartilage in your thumb and hand.
Arthritis is a common source of thumb pain. Arthritis causes the protective cartilage on the end of the joint bones to wear down over time, allowing bones to rub together. This creates friction that causes inflammation and pain in the thumb and can limit its mobility.
Another common cause of chronic thumb pain is a condition called De Quervain’s disease. This is an inflammation of the tendons at the base of your thumb. These tendons allow your thumb to move away from your hand. When they become swollen, it can cause pain when you move your thumb and wrist.
De Quervain’s disease is often the result of degenerative disease, overuse injuries, and injury to your thumb. Interestingly, the disease is very common in new mothers because of the way they hold their infants, but anyone can develop De Quervain’s disease.
The team at The Hand Center can often diagnose the root cause of your thumb pain during a simple physical exam. During this exam, your provider assesses your thumb’s range of motion and the severity of your pain.
In some cases, you’ll need imaging tests like X-rays to rule out a thumb fracture or blood work to ensure that you don’t have an infection.
The treatment plan your provider at The Hand Center creates focuses on relieving your pain and restoring your mobility.
You’ll need to take over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers and anti-inflammatories at first to ease pain and swelling. The Hand Center team could also suggest stabilizing your thumb with a splint to give the tendons time to heal.
If oral medications aren’t enough to relieve your pain, your provider could recommend corticosteroid injections directly into the base of your thumb.
When conservative treatments aren’t enough to address the cause of your thumb pain, you might need surgery. The Hand Center team creates a surgical plan to make room for chronically irritated tendons to increase your thumb’s flexibility and ease your pain and inflammation.
If chronic thumb pain is limiting what you can do, schedule a diagnostic evaluation at The Hand Center. You can book an appointment online now or by calling the office nearest you.