This can occur due to different reasons. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is caused by the body attacking itself, while Osteo Arthritis (OA) is a result of wear and tear. Both types cause pain, swelling, and cartilage degeneration. Our Hand Therapists at Action Rehab treat many patients with OA, which is often caused by repetitive tasks such as gardening.
This is a common condition that can cause significant pain in the carpometacarpal joint. Symptoms include a painful "ring" around the base of the thumb near the wrist, which can be triggered by heavy gripping, pinching, pruning, or typing. Gardening is a common cause of the pain.