DAVE WATTS, MD
Hand and Wrist
There are many reasons for hand pain. These medical conditions develop over time. Common hand related issues may include carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, or a recent finger injury. The repetitive hand motion can result in different types of problems for the patient. Median nerve can come under severe pressure causing severe pain in hand, thumb, and fingers area.
Most of the hand related pains develop over the longer period. Shared below are common symptoms of hand related injuries.
The development of cysts on end joints of your fingers which would cause arthritis.
The grinding sensation you may feel within an affected joint of your hand.
The tingling, numbness or throbbing feeling in your hand.
The change in color of your hand or fingers. The hands may also appear warmer than the rest of the body.
Any discomforting feeling or swelling in or around the hand area.
The increase of pain in hand or arm.
The treatments for each of these symptoms varies greatly. You need to make sure that you get in touch with an orthopedic doctor to get yourself checked.
The overuse of wrist or wrong posture can sometimes lead to severe wrist pain. There can be different reasons for the pain which have developed over time. You may have experienced an injury or fall which you initially did not take seriously.
There are times when a patient fails to recognize the reason behind constant wrist pain. Tendonitis of wrists is one such medical condition. Carpal tunnel syndrome does not just impact your hand but also the corresponding wrist. The feeling of discomfort due to carpal tunnel syndrome can spread to areas like wrist, hand, and joint.
Some of the symptoms symbolizing serious wrist issues can include.
Patient not able to straighten their wrist.
The inability of the patient to twist, open, or carry objects.
Bruising or swelling around the wrist area, especially around the joint or the forearm.
Let us have a look at the common hand and wrist related injuries.
Arthritis of the Thumb
The most common reason for arthritis of thumb is aging. The common reason why this problem occurs is the wear and tear of the cartilage from the ends of the bone.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a problem which affects both hand and fingers. Suppression of a major nerve which passes through the wrist causes this injury. There can be many reasons for carpal tunnel syndrome. One of the common reasons is repetitive movements over the longer period.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
When the ulnar nerve is stretched or comes under pressure, it can lead to cubital tunnel syndrome. It is also known as the funny bone, causing tingling or numbness in small fingers or ring area. Sometimes the pain can radiate to the forearm, little fingers, and can cause weakness of the hand.
De Quervain Tenosynovitis
De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is a wrist injury caused by inflammation at the thumb base. The extension of the joints of the thumb including exterior pollicis brevis and abductor pollicis longus tendons result in De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis.
It is a medical condition which results because of fixed forward curvature of one or more fingers. Dupuytren’s Contracture is caused by a fibrous connection developed between palm skin and finger tendons.
Fractures in Hand, Wrist or Finger
There can be many reasons for fractures in hand, wrist or finger. There are different types of treatments offered as per the particular situation. In the case of a fracture, always have an X-ray of the injured area and consult your physician.