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Occupational Therapy Program Helps Thumb OA

Key clinical point: A multimodal occupational therapy intervention brought significant improvements in pain and function in patients with thumb-base OA.

Major finding: The intervention resulted in a mean 1.4-point decrease in self-reported pain at rest from a baseline of 3 on a 10-point scale, while most usual care controls showed a modest trend for worsening.

Study details: This was an interim 3-month report from a 2-year, randomized, multicenter trial including 170 consecutive patients who presented for surgical consultation regarding their thumb base OA.

Disclosures: The presenter reported having no financial conflicts regarding the study, funded by Norwegian governmental scientific research grants.