Dr. O'Connor explains whether arthritis is more painful in large joints.
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Is Arthritis More Painful In large 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.