Dr. Steinmann explains if arthritis is most painful in larger joints.
Depends on the patient’s perception. I have a lot of patients who have forearm and wrist arthritis and there’s one activity they do, it requires use of their wrist intensely or their thumb intensely and they’ll complain about that.
So, I think it depends a little bit on the activity that the patient has but, we all use our shoulders to get up out of a chair, to lift groceries at the store and particularly to reach to a high shelf and a lot of ladies who are working in the kitchen obviously need to get dishes down to put food away and that motion of lifting up overhead usually can bring on the pain of a rotator cuff, which would be more common, shoulder arthritis, and again, if they have a frozen shoulder they won’t be able to reach that high shelf and they will come in complaining of stiffness and pain, but the pain itself I think really depends more on the patient’s activity, avocation or perception of that pain itself.
About Dr. Steinmann, M.D.:
Dr. Scott P. Steinmann, M.D., is on orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Minnesota. Dr. Steinmann received his medical training from Cornell University Medical College in New York, completed his residency in orthopedics at New York Orthopedic Hospital and completed a fellowships focusing on the shoulder and hand surgery from Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and Mayo Graduate School of Medicine respectively.
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