Dr. Steinmann explains if there is something a woman can do to prevent thumb arthritis.
Since it’s a degenerative process, I get asked by a lot of patients, “Is there something I could have done in my 20s or 30s that could have prevented development of this arthritic process,” and there really, really isn’t.
Some people get hung up on, “Well, if I didn’t lift certain weights or didn’t do some yoga positions or exercises that I would have avoided this whole problem.” It really has not been associated with any particular hyperactivity or such and there’s really no exercise you can do to prevent the arthritis.
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.