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Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on your median nerve. This is what gives you feeling in your thumb and all your fingers except your pinky. When the nerve goes through your wrist, it passes through the carpal tunnel -- a narrow path that’s made of bone and ligament.
There are numerous treatment options for tennis elbow. The problem is not many of them work well, and we really don’t have a solid treatment that can reliably get rid of the problem in an expeditious way.
Unfortunately, many patients with this condition will have it for a prolonged period of time. The good news is that with or without treatment, the natural course of this disease is to spontaneously go away. It may take several years in some patients, but it usually goes away.
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Arthritis at the base of the thumb is premature wear of cartilage between the thumb metacarpal and a bone in the wrist called the trapezium.
To illustrate this better, in my hand here is arthritis between the thumb metacarpal and trapezium, which is a bone at the bottom of the thumb metacarpal.
It’s premature wear of the cartilage, and patients usually experience pain right in this region, at the base of the thumb in the area called the thenar eminence, or they can experience pain in the back of the thumb in this general area here. They may feel it on the thumb side of their wrist.