This method has been used for many years and has withstood the test of time. Our patients with CMC joint arthritis usually only wear the splint at night and when the joint is flared up. This is referred to as a contracture. A new study investigates the role of diet. The joint surfaces are covered with a material called articular cartilage.
Artificial joints are available for the CMC joint. For Patients Schedule An Appointment. This helps hold the thumb in place and keeps the space between the bones from collapsing. Doctors refer to this sound as crepitus. Moving the thumb away from the palm may become difficult.
Because of local differences in the alignment of the soft tissues the radial outer ligament tears are treated differently to those on the inner side: If very sore or unstable immobilisation in a splint or plaster initially full time for up to 2 weeks and then on and off for about 4 weeks is usually enough. Return to daily activities: The purpose of excision arthroplasty is to remove the arthritic joint surfaces of the CMC joint and replace them with a cushion of material that will keep the bones separated. The upper limb in primary care. Ensure that you consult with your doctor or pharmacist regarding the use of pain relief or anti-inflammatory medication.