Risk factorsBy Mayo Clinic staff
These factors may increase your risk of thumb arthritis:
- Being female
- Being age 40 or older
- Having certain hereditary conditions, including joint ligament laxity and malformed joints
- Experiencing injuries to your basal joint, such as fractures and sprains
- Having diseases that change the normal structure and function of cartilage, such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Performing certain activities and jobs that put high stress on this joint
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