Rheumatology clinic

Taking a grip of thumb osteoarthritis

Rheumatology clinic

Taking a grip of thumb osteoarthritis

LETICIA A. DEVEZA, Vicky Duong, David J. Hunter

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Abstract

Thumb base osteoarthritis is prevalent among the elderly population. It has a large impact on hand function and overall quality of life and presents a challenge to clinicians due to the lack of highly efficacious individual treatment options available. A combination of therapies is usually used to enhance the clinical effect of treatment.

Article Extract

Hand osteoarthritis (OA) is a common condition with higher prevalence among postmenopausal women.1 By the age of 85 years, about 40% of the population (47% of women and 24% of men) will experience symptoms of hand OA.2 The impact of hand OA on pain and subjective reports on health is similar to that caused by rheumatoid arthritis.3