What are the symptoms and how is thumb arthritis diagnosed?
If you have persistent dull aching pain at the base of your thumb, you may be suffering from thumb arthritis. As Alejandro Badia, MD, explains, it is important to see an orthopedic specialist as it may be difficult for a primary care physician to diagnose the condition. If arthritis of the thumb is suspected, an X-ray can be taken to determine the amount of damage. From the x-ray the doctor will evaluate the joint space, alignment, and if any bone spurs (osteophytes) are present. The stage of arthritis along with the severity of the symptoms will determine the next step.