#SportsMedicineMonday: Hand Pain
Hand Pain – Causes and Treatments
Hand pain can be tough to handle–especially when you don’t know what’s causing it or what will bring you lasting relief. The causes of hand pain fall under a wide range, from acute injuries to chronic conditions. Fortunately, many types are treatable at home or by an orthopaedic specialist. Let’s look at some of the most common causes for hand pain and their remedies.
Hand Pain Causes
Your hands are complex structures made up of 27 different bones, allowing for flexible movements and strength. However, any of these bones or their supporting ligaments, muscles and tissues are susceptible to injury. In addition to pain around your fingers or palms, you may notice you have difficulty grasping objects, buttoning a shirt, or making a fist.
Hand pain is generally caused by
• Sprains or fractures
• Nerve damage
• Repetitive use or overuse
So, depending on the symptoms and location of injury, there are a number of diagnoses for hand pain. Common hand injuries include arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis. An orthopaedic specialist will be able to closely examine your hands and diagnose the injury.
Hand Pain Treatment
The severity of your injury will determine your treatment plan. Severe hand fractures or broken bones may require surgery in order to restore full strength and mobility to the hand, while minor sprains or inflammations may be treatable at home.
1. Splinting. A splint keeps your hand, wrist or finger in place while the inflammation subsides. Most patients see relief in their hands after wearing a split on the affected area for 2-3 weeks.
2. Thermotherapy. Heat loosens the injured area and eases the soreness. Likewise, ice numbs the pain in the area and reduces irritation. Over-the-counter ointments and patches may be applied to the affected area for short-term or long-term relief.
3. Stretches. Your orthopaedic specialist may recommend a regimen of hand stretches. These stretches are designed to increase the injured joint’s flexibility and strength.
Schedule a Consultation
If you’re experiencing hand pain that won’t subside, schedule a consultation with Dr. Melander and the Sports Medicine Team. We’ll examine your hand and recommend a treatment plan that relieves pain, restores mobility and gets you back to your normal routine as quickly as possible.