hand OAThumb arthritis is a common cause of pain at the base of the thumb. Symptoms can interfere with opening jars, using keys, writing, and many daily tasks. Our thumbs are very important for our daily lives, and the stress applied to the thumb basilar joint (CMC joint) can lead to “wear and tear” osteoarthritis over time. When conservative treatment — such as medications, splints, and cortisone injections — no longer helps, surgery may be recommended to reduce pain. Dr. John Erickson commonly treats patients with thumb arthritis conservatively and only performs thumb surgery when necessary. Please watch the video below from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand┬áregarding thumb arthritis surgery.