Basal Thumb Joint (Carpometacarpal Joint)

  • Paul Harwood
  • Peter V. Giannoudis


Degenerative or inflammatory arthritis of the thumb carpometacarpal joint. This is a very common condition and presents with radial hand or wrist pain and loss of grip strength. Failure of conservative methods is an indication for injection therapy. Other small joints in the hand can be injected in a similar way. These joints are small and may be difficult to access, particularly where degeneration is severe.


Grip Strength Radial Nerve Injection Therapy Wrist Pain Forearm Rotation 
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© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic SurgeryLeeds Teaching Hospitals NHS TrustLeedsUK
  2. 2.Academic Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, School of MedicineUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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