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Finally, an article about arthritis of the thumb (December 2008 RDH)! I've seen plenty of information about the neck, back, carpal tunnel, etc., but have never recalled any articles about thumb arthritis. I never knew it was a common area for osteoarthritis in women over 40 until I was diagnosed with it earlier this year. I have been practicing dental hygiene for almost 20 years, as well as designing and producing jewelry, so I give my hands plenty of abuse. But I was still shocked to learn that the pain I had been experiencing was from arthritis!
I was so excited to read Colene House's article, but so sad to have her end her article with no hope of recovery or repair. I have recently undergone “carpometacarpal joint soft tissue interposition arthoplasty” to rebuild the joint. I won't get my cast off until Dec. 29, 2008 (after press deadline for this issue), but I will be happy to let you know how my recovery progresses if anyone is interested. Please spread the word that you don't have to give up your career — there may be other alternatives available.
Karen Hornor, RDH, CDA