Jump to content
txgolfer45

Arthritis in Thumb Joints

9 posts / 1876 viewsLast Reply

Recommended Posts

Sucks getting old.  I'm 63 and developed arthritis in the thumb joints at the base of the thumb.  Advil seems to help.  Need to start icing too, i think.  Doesn't hurt during the swing.  But, putting a glove on and taking it off does cause pain.  Other ideas to help with arthritis pain?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Want to hide this ad? Register for free today!

I have arthritis in my hands ever since I was in my 20s. Now my finger joints swell/stiff up after every round of golf (but absolutely no pain while playing). I find resting is the best medicine. I also have a finger massager (from Amazon) that I use at night. It looks like a clamp with small rollers. Good luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

42 minutes ago, txgolfer45 said:

Sucks getting old.  I'm 63 and developed arthritis in the thumb joints at the base of the thumb.  Advil seems to help.  Need to start icing too, i think.  Doesn't hurt during the swing.  But, putting a glove on and taking it off does cause pain.  Other ideas to help with arthritis pain?

I sometimes will squeeze a soft rubber ball to keep all my hand joints limber. Some folks might use that "silly putty" child's toy.

I know one guy I golf with who sqeezes a tennis ball. He has arthritis in both hands. He says it helps with the associated pain. 

I don't have arthritis (yet) but sometimes the tendons on my ring finger, on both hands will tighten up. Not really a cramping thing, they just won't bend. This happens more when using a heavy  hand tool, like a skilsaw, or hammer.. Not so much when I golf. That's why I squeeze the rubber ball. 

Obviously there are otc, and prescription drugs that can help with arthritic, and other aches, and pains that mess with one's golf game. 

Edited by Patch

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

I've been taking Advil/ibuprofen.  I will talk to my Dr about other options as well.  I am in the gym 5 - 6 days a week.  Will start using that squeeze ball that is sitting on my desk at work too.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I woke up today with arthritis pain in both thumbs.   After the morning work, the pain has subsided but hopefully it is a infrequent event!  I don't want to take any more med than absolutely necessary. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

I understand the glove discomforts; as to keep all my fingers happy, I now use gloves on both hands. As well, I do not take the gloves off when I play. 

My choice of gloves took some experimenting..

I use the Zero Friction brand as they end up adjusting to my needs the best.  

I have also used Bionic.  Bionic was easier to put on as I used a size made for my hand.  One version they have is somewhat touted as good for hand problems.  They are really good and many courses have at least one version available

The Zero Friction come is one size fits all and adapts to the size of the hand; and, it tends to keep the fingers still.  It is, after it is on, feeling as if it is not there because it adjusts to me. They are not carried b some ranges/courses, but are available on line in many colors! Zero Friction, as a bonus to me, are more reasonable in cost.

I take aspirin before the round and after.  I use a ball to squeeze on days I don't play.

Best to you!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

On 7/22/2019 at 11:28 AM, txgolfer45 said:

I've been taking Advil/ibuprofen.  I will talk to my Dr about other options as well.  I am in the gym 5 - 6 days a week.  Will start using that squeeze ball that is sitting on my desk at work too.

GREAT ADVICE FROM EVERYONE! I have RA. My hands are kind of gnarly, with swollen joints, knots on joints, etc. I have had to go to a higher level of pain management. I see an ortho/hand specialist. INFREQUENT injections really help. Also a Rheumatologist. I take two meds to slow down the progression. One, Meloxicam, is a heavy duty Ibuprophen that really works.

Plus as @DrMJGsaid, two gloves. I have used the Bionic and then just regular gloves as the treatments began to work. Low impact exercises like aerobics in a pool are good.

FINALLY MY BEST ADVICE...Don't play around with osteo or rheumatoid arthritis if it is starting to affect your life.. It is progressive and can be crippling (esp in hands, knees, rotator cuffs). See a specialist if at all possible. I think doctors on the site will confirm this.

Sorry for the rant...I spent from October 2017 to May 2018 seeing doctors and in physical therapy with this stuff. (But I leave Tuesday for Michigan to attend my military unit reunion and will play 2 rounds of golf. YAY!)

Best, -Marv

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

On 7/22/2019 at 11:33 AM, txgolfer45 said:

Sucks getting old.  I'm 63 and developed arthritis in the thumb joints at the base of the thumb.  Advil seems to help.  Need to start icing too, i think.  Doesn't hurt during the swing.  But, putting a glove on and taking it off does cause pain.  Other ideas to help with arthritis pain?

Have you tried not using a glove? I know that isn't the question you asked, but it was the only problem you were stating. I've never been a fan of gloves and I really don't see why they are needed at all. If you can swing all day without taking off/putting on a glove, then just skip it altogether I say.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

From old injuries I have osteoarthritis in my hands, neck and knees. I use half gloves on both hands and knee braces.  I do not remove the gloves or braces during golf. 

I am happy to get old as some of my friends never made it to retirement. Take care and enjoy. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.




  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • 2019 TST Partners

    PING Golf
    FlightScope Mevo
  • Posts

    • I'm not really sure why you quoted me there and then wrote this. None of this has anything to do with anything I wrote in this thread. The next time I write the word "tragic" here will be the first.
    • And you or a loved one could get killed by someone running a red light, making sudden lane changes at a high rate of speed, texting, falling asleep at the wheel or a myriad of other distractions.  If your loved one died due to these would it not be as tragic, or is it only if alcohol is somehow involved, then it makes it worse?   +1 - Once emotions get in anything bad laws are sure to follow.   Auto crashes may be the biggest threat to children, but that wouldn’t be from drunk drivers killing them.  Lots of innocent people get killed in auto crashes every year, not all are killed by drunk drivers.  I’ll pose a question to all who said yes to the post, if all drunk driving fatalities are unavoidable if the person who is drunk didn’t drive, why are there any other traffic fatalities? Obviously if you haven’t been drinking you should never get in an accident?   I don’t agree that it will save that many lives.  I believe there are something like 6,000 traffic fatalities during sunrise and sunset, when visibility is poor.  Why don’t we ban driving during these times? You’re 61% number is incorrect.  And I posted this on another thread a couple of years ago and @iacas mentioned it already, but I’ll go ever further then he did, not only are more than 50% of all alcohol-related fatalities a single car crash, killing the driver and occupants with them, but not all alcohol-related fatalities mean that the person driving was impaired.  An alcohol-related fatality is if anyone in the car has alcohol in their system.  So a Designated Driver could be in a traffic fatality with 3 drunk passengers and this is 4 people involved in an alcohol-related fatality. Or you could have a beer and some dope runs the red light hitting you and causing a fatality, but you being a driver and having alcohol in your system are probably going to be the one who goes to jail. I’m glad you’ll accept the inconvenience, I’m not.Plus you’re not going to phase out all older cars in 15 years.   Sorry for your loss, but same question as before, would you feel any different if it was a red light runner that caused the same pain?  Not to be callous, just what is the difference. As stated before, more than 50% of the 10,000 are the drivers of the vehicles.   Et tu Brute.... + A Bunch...... + A bunch More... No, my vote would not change in the least.   Most people that cause alcohol-related fatalities are people with BAC around 0.15, almost twice the legal limit.  With as many Bars, wineries, distilleries, breweries, restaurants and how prevalent alcohol is, it’s amazing how safe it is on the roads or is it really becasue it’s not as much of a threat as the media and the government make it out to be.   I think @Pretzel said it great, emotions = bad laws.  
    • A good source to look is often on eBay. While there may not be manufacture specifics, there usually is some descriptive information. I did a brief search on two items that listed the shaft flex in terms which were most likely used back when the clubs were made. One item indicated the shafts were medium/regular and another were described as regular. Your dealing with "Vintage" items which were popular long before the internet.
    • Day 22 Got to take full swings today. First time since injuring my tailbone. It felt pretty good. it will be interesting to see how I feel in the morning.  Funny, putting a ball on a tee, or plucking it out of the hole still hurts a lot. 
  • TST Blog Entries

  • Blog Entries

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. Edsland
      Edsland
      (65 years old)
    2. KingHack82
      KingHack82
      (37 years old)
    3. snowbeast
      snowbeast
      (32 years old)

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Welcome to TST! Signing up is free, and you'll see fewer ads and can talk with fellow golf enthusiasts! By using TST, you agree to our Terms of Use, our Privacy Policy, and our Guidelines.

The popup will be closed in 10 seconds...