Why Your Hand May Hurt
We rely on our hands throughout the day, so they need to be functional. When hand pain becomes the norm, it is only natural to want to know why. Really, it isn’t so much that an answer needs to be identified as much as it is that we want to know how to resolve pain – and fast. Here, we share some of the common hand conditions that we see in our New Jersey practice.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
When a person develops hand pain, carpal tunnel syndrome may be their first assumed cause. This is likely the case because carpal tunnel syndrome is the most recognized condition to affect the hand and wrist. The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome extend beyond generalized pain. In fact, some patients feel more of a tingling or numb sensation than actual pain. The reason symptoms occur is that the tunnel through which tendons and the median nerve travel to get to the hand becomes narrowed from inflammation. Sometimes, rest and medication can resolve the issue. In some cases, surgery is necessary.
The hands and fingers can be injured in several ways; it doesn’t take a whole lot. Usually, it is a fall that results in a finger or hand fracture. Because it is a common assumption that a hand or finger fracture would cause obvious swelling, bruising, or worse, many people do not get prompt care for this injury. A fracture doesn’t always provide clear clues, if pain occurs at the base of the thumb or anywhere in the hand or finger and it does not improve within a few days, an orthopedic consultation should be scheduled.
De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
A lesser known hand condition, De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis occurs when the sheath that surrounds the tendon at the base of the thumb becomes inflamed, causing certain hand and wrist movements to feel painful.
In order for the fingers to move, small tendons must slide through surrounding sheaths at the joints. Sometimes, tissue around a tendon becomes thick or a nodule forms, preventing the tendon from sliding through its sheath. Trigger finger can cause limited range of motion, even locking the finger into a bent position.
Resolving Hand Pain with Help
The hands and fingers are pretty complex, with their various bones, joints, tendons, and other structures. Don’t wait for pain to keep you from enjoying life. Get help to resolve hand pain. Often, pain can be treated without surgery.