Turmeric for Patients With Basal Joint Arthritis

  • End date
    Dec 1, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Massachusetts General Hospital
Updated on 1 February 2021


The aim of this study is to assess whether the use of a commercially available nutraceutical, turmeric, is an effective option to manage pain and stiffness in patients with basal joint arthritis. To conduct a pilot Randomized Controlled Trial evaluating the impact of turmeric on basal joint arthritis.

Condition Thumb Osteoarthritis
Treatment Placebo, Turmeric
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03017118
SponsorMassachusetts General Hospital
Last Modified on1 February 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

years of age or older
English fluency and literacy
Seeking care for basal joint pain
Tender over basal joint
Positive distraction rotation test (rotation of the thumb metacarpal base while applying axial traction)
Radiographic evidence of Eaton stage 1 and 2 only

Exclusion Criteria

Secondary gains (litigations or worker compensation) procedures that may interfere with patients' motivation for treatment
Inability or unwillingness to participate in a trial study
Rheumatoid Arthritis or other inflammatory disorder diagnoses
Post-traumatic osteoarthritis
Patients on Coumadin/Steroids/NSAIDs/Tylenol
Diabetes Mellitus
Pregnant or lactating women
Basal joint arthritis of Eaton stage 3
Patients seeking other treatment for their basal joint arthritis (splint, corticosteroid injection, surgery)
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