What is important to you?

Determine what is important for you in choosing treatment for your thumb arthritis. Choose the statement that fits you best. Move the orange triangle towards the statement you prefer.

I can manage with adaptation and supportive treatment, like pain medication and/or a splint.

I’m not sure I will be satisfied with adaptation and supportive treatment.

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The small risks of taking medication every day are worth it to get some relief.

Medication doesn’t seem like the right thing for me since I mostly have pain the occasional times that I pinch or grip.

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I would find a splint useful if it helped me have less pain

If a splint doesn’t fix the problem, why would I try it?

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I would appreciate even a small chance of some temporary relief from a cortisone shot .

If a shot doesn’t fix the problem, why would I try it?

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I don’t mind having surgery since it will probably relieve my pain.

I'd like to avoid surgery if at all possible.

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I’m not worried about the small chance of problems from surgery.

I don’t want to take even a small chance of something going wrong with surgery.

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Your choice

What is your preference?

Surgery

Other nonoperative treatments

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Surgery Education/pain medication/splint/cortisone injection

How certain are you about this decision?

Very uncertain

Very certain

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