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Basal Joint Arthritis-Arthroscopy/Debridement

The thumb basal joint is the second most commonly involved

site of osteoarthritis in the hand, after the distal interphalangeal

joint. It causes significant disability due to painful, weakened

pinch and grip (1). Women develop basal joint arthritis 10 to 15

times more often than men. Geographical and racial differences

also have an influence on the prevalence of osteoarthritis in the

hand. Basal joint arthritis is less frequently observed in Asian

individuals when compared to caucasians (2).