Non-surgical treatments for thumb arthritis
Prior to considering surgery, several non-surgical treatments may be used. These may include some or all of the following:
- Over the counter medication
- Moist heat or ice
- Steroid injection
However, the steroid injections may cause further breakdown of the cartilage, pain killers may be habit forming, and for many patients, these treatment options do not provide the level of relief they require. Patients in the Las Vegas area may wish to consider a potentially more lasting and effective option by pursuing basilar joint reconstruction with Dr. Engineer.