Dr. O'Connor explains if arthritis is more painful in larger joints.
The issue of pain relative to the joint size really depends on the use of the joint. So the pain is related to how much you are using the joint. So people that get arthritis in their hands, so I happen to use my hands a lot and now that my fingers are starting to get arthritic, I will have more discomfort on surgery days when I am using my hands more aggressively than on a day that I am in the clinic. So it’s really related to use.
About Dr. O'Connor, M.D.:
Dr. Mary O'Connor, M.D., was accepted as a resident in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, New York in 1985. She joined the orthopedic surgery staff at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida in 1991, and since 2005 has served as department chair. Dr. O'Connor cares for people with hip and knee arthritis, failed joint replacements, and pelvic tumors.