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My Thumb Hurts. What’s Wrong?

Tue, May 27,2014 @ 11:07 AM

My Thumb Hurts. What’s Wrong?
Thumbs are such wonderful things we generally just take them for granted. When they hurt is really when you notice just how much you use them. There are numerous conditions that can cause thumb pain and this blog will highlight four of the most common problems.

While this information may help you narrow down what might be wrong, we strongly recommend you seek the advice of a health care provider before attempting any treatment. Treating yourself for the wrong diagnosis can not only delay proper treatment, the wrong treatment may make the condition worse.

Four of the more common conditions that can cause thumb pain are:

  1. CMC joint arthritis
  2. deQuervain’s tenosynovitis
  3. Gamekeeper’s or Skier’s thumb
  4. Trigger thumb

The following chart is an easy-to-use tool to lead you to what might be the cause of your thumb pain. Answer the "Where does it hurt?" question in the chart to see what might be the cause of your thumb pain. Choose the "Learn More" button for more information about the condition, including possible treatment options. Click "Buy Now" if you are ready to purchase a 3-Point Products splint for your thumb.


Where does it hurt?

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At the base of the thumb where the thumb meets the wrist. Painful when pinching or gripping, especially holding small objects like pens or tool handles.

CMC joint arthritis: arthritis of the base of the joint of the thumb that provides the thumbs mobility.


Along the side of the thumb when moving it into the hitchhiker position or when bending the hand towards the little finger. Pain may "shoot" along the thumb side of the forearm.

de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis: inflammation and tightening of the tendons that extend the thumb.


Pain in the middle joint of the thumb where it attaches to the hand. Difficulty grasping or holding objects. Pinching is painful and hard to do.

Gamekeeper’s or Skier's Thumb: injury to the ligament that stabilizes the thumb for pinch and grip.


A “popping” pain when bending or straightening the end of the thumb. Thumb sticks in a bent position and has to be pulled straight.

Trigger Thumb: a narrowing of the tendon covering or a bump on the tendon that limits motion.



4 Different Problems - 4 Conditions - 4 or more Treatment Options

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Tags: arthritis, thumb arthritis, basal joint, thumb pain, CMC joint arthritis, pain when making a fist