Features October 2003 Issue

Living With An Ailing Thumb

A throbbing thumb may mean arthritis. To ease the pain, you may have to experiment with lifestyle and treatment changes.

If you're a golfer, fly fisherman, play tennis or racquetball, or regularly engage in activities in which you frequently operate equipment, machinery or tools that involve pinching or grasping motions, you eventually may develop painful arthritis of the thumb base. This is the joint that enables the thumb to swivel, pivot, and pinch so that you’re able to grasp things with your hand. …

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