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Osteoarthritis of the thumb and finger joints often respond well to stabilization of the surrounding ligaments, by injection at the tender points, eg pain in thumb joints with lifting heavy plates, or painful Heberden’s nodes. A DB trial showed 42% improvement in pain in the dextrose group compared with 15% in the placebo group. Movement also was significantly improved.13

 

References
#13 Reeves KD & Hassanein K: Randomised, prospective, placebo-controlled double-blind study of dextrose prolotherapy for osteoarthritic thumb and finger (DIP, PIP, and trapeziometacarpal) joints: evidence of clinical efficacy. J of Altern Complementary Med 2000;6(4):311-320