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Thumb Arthritis Especially Common Among Boomer Women

05/05/2015 12:45 pm ET | Updated May 05, 2015
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Over the years, you might start to notice pain in your hands, specifically your thumb. And you might choose to ignore it.

Your physician would probably give you a big thumbs down on that idea.

Dr. Ghazi Rayan, an upper extremity and hand surgeon at Integris Baptist Medical Center Michael Ives - Provided
“If you start to have (pain), and you do not take care of it, eventually the joint is doomed to get arthritis,” said Dr. Ghazi Rayan, an upper extremity and hand surgeon at Integris Baptist Medical Center. “If you continue to do the activity, if you ignore your pain, then it’s going to progress to arthritis.”

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