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What Can I Do to Alleviate Hand Pain?
The method of relieving hand pain is determined by its underlying cause. Rest or stretching may be effective in treating overuse injuries, whereas medical attention may be required for other conditions. Home remedies for hand pain include massaging the painful area and surrounding muscles, alternating hot and cold packs for 20 minutes at a time, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen (Advil). Rest, ice, compression, and elevation therapy may be beneficial for minor injuries, whereas those with more severe injuries such as fractures or dislocations should seek immediate medical attention.
What Are the Common Causes of Hand Pain?
Hand pain can be a glaring sign that something is amiss, given how much and how often we use our hands. The hand is composed of various bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles, making the likelihood of something going awry much greater.
- Hand injuries: common causes include falls on the hands, knocks, blows, jamming a finger, overextension of fingers or wrists, repetitive strain, finger fractures, and dislocations, and soft tissue injuries.
- Overuse: causes include typing, using a computer mouse, using tools, lifting heavy objects, hobbies that involve hand use such as knitting or crochet, and some sports.
- Ganglion cysts: benign, fluid-filled lumps that can develop near joints and tendons in the hand and wrist.
- Stenosing tenosynovitis: also known as “trigger finger,” is a swollen tendon sheath at the base of a thumb or finger that makes it difficult or painful to move the affected digit.
- Scleroderma: a chronic condition that causes the skin of the fingers to thicken and tighten, making them difficult to move.
- Raynaud’s phenomenon: a condition in which the blood vessels in the fingers or toes temporarily constrict, often in response to cold temperatures or stress, causing the fingers to turn blue, feel numb, or become painful.
- Arthritis: a general term for over 100 different complaints that cause stiffness, pain, and swelling in joints. The two main types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, both of which can affect the hands.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome: caused by the compression or squeezing of the median nerve, resulting in pain, tingling, and numbness.
- Osteoporosis: sometimes referred to as “brittle bone disease,” osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones gradually lose mass, causing them to become weak and brittle, and prone to fractures or breaks.
What Are the Causes of Nerve Pain in the Hands?
Nerve pain in the hands can be caused by excessive pressure on the nerves, traumatic injuries, or overstretching. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a prime example of nerve pain caused by excessive pressure on a nerve. In this condition, the median nerve, which runs through the wrist, becomes compressed or squeezed, causing pain, tingling, and numbness in the hand and arm.
Peripheral neuropathy is another condition that causes numbness, pain, and weakness in the hands, resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves, which are outside the brain and spinal cord. Diabetes, traumatic injuries, and infections are among the causes of peripheral nerve damage, which can affect one nerve or several nerves throughout the body.
How Can I Tell if My Hand Pain is Serious?
While there are numerous home remedies for hand pain, medical attention may be required in more severe cases. These may include situations where:
- The pain doesn’t improve with home treatment or doesn’t respond to recommended medical treatment.
- The pain progressively worsens.
- Other symptoms accompany the pain, such as arm pain, fever, or fatigue.
Visit the emergency room if:
- You experience sudden, unbearable, and intense hand pain.
- You suspect that you have broken your wrist or hand.
- There is a visible traumatic injury to your hand that causes severe pain.
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