Thumb Pain Specialist

Anthony  J  Berni, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Anthony J Berni, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in O’Fallon, MO

Your thumb is the most independent of your five fingers and has greater range of motion and strength. The thumb’s unique functions also make it susceptible to injury and disease that cause thumb pain. Anthony J. Berni, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in O’Fallon, Missouri, who specializes in diagnosing and treating thumb pain. Dr. Berni uses advanced medical tools and technology to alleviate thumb pain and improve quality of life. Find out what’s causing your thumb pain by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.

Thumb Pain Q&A

What is thumb pain?

Thumb pain may include any discomfort you feel in your thumb. Your thumb is the first digit in the hand and, unlike the other fingers, has only two bones and two joints.

In addition to its structure, your thumb also has more freedom and range of motion than your fingers. The thumb gives you the ability to grip and manipulate objects — like opening a jar. 

Thumb pain may weaken your grip and affect your ability to perform these types of tasks. 

Dr. Berni offers many innovative treatments to alleviate thumb pain and can provide the care you need.

What causes thumb pain?

You may develop thumb pain from any injury or disease that affects the normal structure or function of your thumb. Common causes of thumb pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Knuckle sprain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fractures
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis (inflammation of tendons on the thumb side of the wrist)
  • Trigger thumb (thumb gets stuck in a bent position)

Arthritis that affects the base joint of the thumb — known as the carpometacarpal (CMC) joint — is a common cause of thumb pain. This type of arthritis may change the shape of the joint and weaken your grip.

What happens during a thumb pain evaluation?

When you visit Dr. Berni with concerns about thumb pain, he conducts an in-depth exam to find the underlying cause of your pain. Dr. Berni asks detailed questions about your symptoms and the activities that make them worse. 

He also reviews your medical history and examines your thumb. To confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis, Dr. Berni may request imaging tests such as an X-ray.

How is thumb pain treated?

Dr. Berni customizes your thumb pain treatment plan based on the underlying cause of your discomfort. Treatment may include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), cortisone injections, or bracing and splinting.

In some cases, he recommends surgery to address the underlying cause of your thumb pain, especially when conservative treatments fail to provide significant relief.

For CMC arthritis, Dr. Berni performs CMC arthroplasty. During this procedure, he replaces the damaged portion of your thumb joint with a prosthetic device to alleviate pain and restore normal function. CMC arthroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that has a short recovery time.

To get relief from your thumb pain, call the office of Anthony J. Berni, MD, or book an appointment online today.