Ask Trevor CHT: pain in thumb knuckles

Faith asks:

"I have a lot of pain in my thumb knuckles. I wear splints but is there anything else I can do?"

Certified Hand Therapist Trevor says:

"I suppose it depends on which knuckle is involved and what the underlying problem is, but speaking in broad terms I always like to keep things moving as much as possible while still respecting pain and giving sore joints a rest when they need it. 

If it's arthritis, moist heat and a compression glove or Coban wrap might help reduce pain. Check out the Living with Hand Pain community for more pain relief ideas"

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Trevor Petrie, Certified Hand Therapist

Trevor Petrie is a Certified Hand Therapist with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Washington.

He has been helping people with hand and upper extremity pain and injuries since 2012.

Over the course of his career, he has treated hundreds of people with chronic pain stemming from a myriad of causes including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel and tendinitis. No two people experience these issues the exact same way, so Trevor strives to find the best evidence-based approach that works for each person’s individual needs in order to get back to living their best lives.