Rhizarthrosis

What is it?

Rhizarthrosis is a disease affecting the joint of the thumb.

Inflammation wears the cartilage surface that becomes rough and uneven, causing finger’s axis deviation

Among the most common causes:

  • Unknown origin

  • Articular aging

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

What are the symptoms

  • Pain localized at the base of the thumb worsened by use

  • Tenderness to acupressure at the base of the finger

  • Difficulty opening a bottle or turning a key

  • Swelling at the wrist

  • Hand profile deformation Tingling

  • Hand stiffness and difficulty moving hand, especially in the morning

They can be completely silent

How is it treated?

Initially, conservative treatment is recommended, including physiokinesiotherapy, medications and infiltrations (corticosteroids, hyaluronic acid, stem cells).

In cases where the pain is severe, several surgical interventions can be carried out, depending on disease severity

Subsequently, physiotherapy is recommended to promote healing. In some cases, it is necessary to wear a brace for 21 days.