We use our hands to do just about everything, so when they start to hurt, it can be a cause of concern. One of the most common causes of hand pain is repetitive strains, meaning that you make repetitive motions and movements with your hands. This can affect the muscles, tendons, and nerves in the hands.
Another common cause of hand pain is carpal tunnel syndrome, where the nerve that runs through to your hand becomes compressed. This is often caused by computer work or other repetitive motions.
A lesser known cause of hand pain is Quervain’s tenosynovitis, which effects tendons on the inner sides of the wrist.
Rheumatoid arthritis is another condition which affects the joints in the hands. It causes pain, swelling, and a reduction in motion and grip. For some, it can even cause disfiguration of the fingers, making it increasingly difficult to perform daily tasks.
Osteoarthritis is another type of arthritis that can affect the hand but is a result of wear-and-tear.
Common treatments for hand joint pain may initially start with over-the-counter pain medications like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). For some, this is enough to obtain relief, but others may not find these effective enough. Furthermore, long-term use of NSAIDs is associated with liver and kidney damage.
For a condition like rheumatoid arthritis, stronger medications are necessary to help reduce inflammation and improve movement. Corticosteroid injections are another method to enhance mobility.
Heat is a natural remedy that can temporarily reduce inflammation and ease stiffness. Cold packs can alleviate pain. You may also consider working with a physical therapist to learn new ways to use your hands that can reduce pain and prevent further injury.
In other cases, surgery may be necessary, especially if carpal tunnel has become quite severe or if you have Dupuytren’s contracture, which causes thickening of the skin beneath the palm.
Speak to your doctor about treatment options to better obtain relief from your hand joint pain.
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