Osteoarthritis of the First CMC Joint - PT05

Osteoarthritis of the First CMC Joint

A Pain in the Thumb

by Hildy D. Reich, PT,CHT
(4.4 / 1798 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


We tend to take our thumbs for granted; that is, until they hurt. The thumb’s important functional role is evident in its 20% whole person impairment rating, which measures the impact of impairment and loss of function on a person’s ability to perform activities of daily living. With a loss of use of a thumb, there is a 20% loss of ability to perform normal activities such as opening lids, tying shoes and even shaking someone’s hand. A painful thumb restricts a person’s independence. Because there is no cure for arthritis, the primary treatment is patient education. Patients need to learn techniques to manage symptoms and perhaps slow the progression of joint changes.


The goal of this osteoarthritis/CMC joint continuing education program is to provide therapists with information about the pathophysiology, incidence, operative and non-operative treatment options, as well as postoperative management of osteoarthritis of the CMC joint of the thumb. After you study the information here, you will be able to:
  • Recognize three clinical findings commonly seen in CMC osteoarthritis
  • Discuss four conservative treatment options
  • Describe four joint-sparing techniques

Approval Information
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 6/11/2019 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
This course has been approved as meeting the CE requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE19-518213 for 1/1/19 to 12/31/19). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 2/13/15 to 2/13/19.
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.
Please note: The Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board has designated this educational activity to receive 1.0 contact hour in Category A and 0 contact hours in Category B toward recertification.

Course Originally Released on: 10/13/2008
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/8/2012
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/31/2020


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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linda b - San Juan Capistrano, CA  ·  Feb 17, 2020
Professionally presented.
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Joseph M - Mt. Juliet, TN  ·  Jan 31, 2020
helpful information as to outcomes for therapy vs surgery and efficacy of interventions
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Lisa H - Chatham, NJ  ·  Jan 29, 2020
could have had an anatomical picture to refer to
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John A - Arlington, TX  ·  Jan 24, 2020
this was a great course.
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amber v - Yonkers, NY  ·  Jan 16, 2020
very boring and simple topic. There are not any new treatment options in this article than taught in school.
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Price: $19.00
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