Welcome to ProtectYourThumbs.com

The purpose of this website is to provide education and simple strategies to help decrease the pain associated with arthritis at the base of the thumb that many of us experience as we age.  This is commonly referred to as “basal joint arthritis.”

Basal joint arthritis is pain at the base of the thumb where the thumb meets the wrist. It is also know as degenerative joint disease (DJD) or carpometacarpal (CMC) arthritis. Research shows that as many as 1 in 4 women and 1 in 12 men will be affected by basal joint arthritis during her or his lifetime.  Basal joint arthritis can be caused by: cumulative trauma from repetitive tasks, injury, or repeated forceful pinching.

This website exists to help treat people suffering from this common disease. This website is not intended to take the place of professional medical attention. None of the exercises or strategies presented on this website should increase your pain, if you have persistent or increasing pain, seek help from a specialist.

The information on this site is designed to:

  • Decrease pain
  • Improve function
  • Prevent the progression of arthritic changes at the joint at the base of your thumb
  • Allow you to continue to participate in the activities most important to you!

Arthritis is not a “no pain no gain” diagnosis.
With arthritis, pain means you are aggravating the disease and potentially making it worse.

How we can Protect Your Thumbs! :

  • Joint protective techniques
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Thumb muscle strengthening
  • Temporary use of a protective orthosis (splints and/or braces)