PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Researchers are working on an experimental treatment to help people with arthritis find long-term relief.READ MORE: Stella The Pit Bull, Gloucester County Animal Shelter's Longest Resident, Adopted
It involves implanting synthetic cartilage into the base of a patient’s thumb to prevent the bones from rubbing together.READ MORE: 'This Is Do Or Die': Congressman Dwight Evans' Urgent Message For President Biden, Philadelphia Mayor Kenney On Gun Violence
One patient said she left the half-hour surgery pain free and she appreciates her new independence in every way.
”I would have been not only in a lot of pain holding him, but I’m not sure I would have been confident holding a baby with how my thumbs were,” says Linda Docherty, a thumb implant patient.MORE NEWS: Candidate For Pennsylvania Governor Says He Did Not Cause Fatal Accident
The thumb implant trial is taking place in the United Kindom and hospitals in New York, Rochester, Boston, Indianapolis, Atlanta, and San Diego.