What is Hand Pain?
Hand Pain refers to a feeling of discomfort from your wrist to your fingertips. People experience pain in a variety of different ways. The Pain may feel sharp, dull, numb, tingly, burning, throbbing, or some other sensation. In addition, the reason for the Hand Pain can vary widely.
Symptoms of Hand Pain
Any discomfort in your hand counts as Hand Pain. Sometimes the pain is localized to just one part of your hand, while in other cases the pain may radiate or move to other locations in your hand or even further up the arm.
Common Causes of Hand Pain
There are numerous causes of Hand Pain. Some of the most common are overuse, osteoarthritis of the thumb or finger joints, a fractured bone, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Causes also include trigger finger, tendinitis, and TFCC tear.
Diagnosing Hand Pain
Speaking with you to carefully understand what your Hand Pain feels like, where it is felt, and what exacerbates it, is essential. A thorough physical exam is also required to accurately make the diagnosis of the underlying cause of the Hand Pain. X-rays are obtained to evaluate the bones and joints for potential roles in causing Hand Pain. Sometimes an MRI is helpful to visualize ligaments and tendons. Treatment Options for Hand Pain
Due to the myriad causes of Hand Pain, treatment is highly specified to the offending condition. Oftentimes, non-traumatic causes of Hand Pain can be managed conservatively with rest, anti-inflammatory medication, temporary splinting, occupational therapy, and corticosteroid injection. Minimally invasive surgery may be of benefit for refractory cases and trauma.
Hand Pain can present in many ways and be caused by many things. Call Dr.Pruzansky at 212-249-8700 to schedule an appointment, obtain an accurate diagnosis, and start to restore comfort to your hand.