Dr. Steinmann introduces himself and describes thumb arthritis.
I am Scott Steinmann. I am a professor of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic and I specialize in shoulder, elbow and hand surgery, really the whole upper extremity. I am working primarily on trauma and arthritis, which takes up a large part of my practice.
Thumb arthritis is actually the most common form of arthritis in the hand and particularly, it’s very common in females and not just elderly females as we think about hip or knee arthritis, but the middle-aged females in their 40s, 50s and early 60s, and it’s a very frustrating type of arthritis.
It’s classically when you are trying to open up a pickle jar and it’s very tight, that pain you get in the base of your thumb, that’s usually pain coming from the thumb arthritic joint, which we call the carpometacarpal joint.
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.