Trapeziometacarpal joint arthritis: A retrospective study of the natural history of symptomatic thumb arthritis

Jessica Frankenhoff, Jeffrey Stromberg, Aimee Riley, Jun He, Prem Madesh, Jonathan Isaacs


Objective: Trapeziometacarpal (TM) joint arthritis is a common source of hand pain in patients presenting to the hand surgeon’s clinic. Long-term data on the natural history of symptomatic TM arthritis is lacking.
Methods: We identified 251 patients with symptomatic TM arthritis and performed a retrospective chart review which identified treatment modalities (including surgery) and long term outcomes which were assessed via a telephone survey.
Results: We found that of the 251 patients who presented with symptomatic TM arthritis, the 114 patients who had surgery had less pain and disability in the long term than those patients who were treated conservatively with splinting or injection (average pain score 1.8 vs. 3.8). However, the majority of patients did not ultimately undergo surgery.
Conclusions: Although patients fare better from a pain and function standpoint with surgery, surgery is not inevitable.

Full Text:

PDF Appendix



  • There are currently no refbacks.

Case Studies in Surgery  ISSN 2377-7311(Print)  ISSN 2377-732X(Online)

Copyright © Sciedu Press

To make sure that you can receive messages from us, please add the '' and ‘’ domains to your e-mail 'safe list'. If you do not receive e-mail in your 'inbox', please check your 'spam' or 'junk' folder.