Thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis: A musculoskeletal physiotherapy perspective

Jorge Hugo Villafañe, Kristin Valdes, Paolo Pedersini, Pedro Berjano

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Proposal: To perform a literature review to provide the practitioner with a description of the information and techniques to enhance the provision of conservative interventions in clinical practice. Methods: Studies were obtained from MEDLINE, CINAHL, Embase, PEDro and CENTRAL databases from their inception to December 2017. Authors independently selected studies, conducted quality assessment, and extracted results. Results: There is evidence to support a multimodal approach to the therapeutic management of the patient with CMC OA. This distinct approach includes: patient education, manual therapy, therapeutic exercise programs, and orthotic provision. Conclusion: There is evidence to support some of the commonly performed conservative interventions to improve hand function and decrease hand pain.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Carpometacarpal joint
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Thumb

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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