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Dr. Steven Rueda is one of the most sought after surgeons for thumb arthritis in West Palm Beach, Wellington and Jupiter. Osteoarthritis, commonly known as arthritis, can occur in any of the joints of the thumb but its most common at the base of the thumb near the wrist. It is one of the most common reasons to the hand specialist. The word “arthritis” means inflammation in the joint. A thumb affected by arthritis can limit the function of the hand severely. The thumb is the most important structure in the hand to enable pinching, turning door knobs, texting, buttoning shirts, opening jars, and writing.

Thumb Arthritis Symptoms and Diagnosis

Thumb Arthritis : Diseased CMC Joint


The cause of arthritis is poorly understood. It is however more common with age and after trauma. The normal joint anatomy consists of the two ends of a bone covered by a cartilage cap or cartilage surface. The space between the two cartilage surfaces is covered in joint fluid that assist in lubrication. In arthritis, the cartilage in the surface wears out leading the bone to be in contact with bone. This rubbing of bone-on-bone leads to the pain and inflammation seen in arthritis. For thumb base arthritis, the bone-in-bone contact is between the base of the thumb metacarpal and the trapezium in the wrist.

Thumb Arthritis Treatment Options


There are two main types of thumb arthritis surgery: thumb joint fusion, thumb joint arthroplasty. Dr. Rueda is an expert in all of these procedures, and has presented on the subject in national meetings. Some of the differences across the types of surgery are listed below:

Recovery and Downtime

Why Choose Precision hand Center for your Thumb Arthritis Procedure?

Dr. Rueda, a Hand Fellowship trained surgeon who has 7 years and 2,000 procedures of experience will be your safe and best choice for thumb arthritis. Successful results in this procedure requires a surgeon that is experienced and knowledgeable in hand surgery and hand anatomy. Dr. Rueda has published articles in expert peer reviewed journals and his work has been presented in several national conferences. Dr. Rueda’s passion for patient education and custom centered approach will guarantee you feel comfortable every step of the way. Dr. Rueda also believes in treating his patients as if he was treating his own family; you can trust you will enter a trusting and long-term relationship and have some of the best thumb arthritis treatment Palm Beach can offer. If you are located in Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Wellington, Palm Springs or any other surrounding cities, contact us today to learn more.

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