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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Snapping thumb

03/28/2002

Question:

thumb pain in left thumb; greater mobility than normal; thmbs snaps; weakness, why?

Answer:

You have a tenosynovitis of the first flexor phalangeal tendon which means a tendonitis of the tendon that pulls your thumb down. There should be tenderness when you press over your palm at the place the thumb starts. This requires a cortisone shot for treatment. Pill will not work.

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Response by:

Larry   Houk, MD Larry Houk, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine and Rheumatology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati