Thumb Arthritis Treatment Overview
First steps to consider
- Mild pain can be treated at home.
- OTC pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve) can help relieve pain.
- Splints can be used to reduce pain and improve thumb positioning.
When you may need a provider
- OTC medications are not helping the pain or stop helping over time.
- Pain is severe or causes weakness with various movements like pinching and grasping.
Go to the ER if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Swelling, redness, and increased warmth over the area
- Sudden sharp pain with a visible deformity, especially after a fall or trauma.
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