What Causes Hand Pain?
The hand is a complex structure composed of many different bones, muscles, and ligaments. We heavily rely on our hands to perform everyday tasks. Because of this, there are many places that something can go wrong and cause hand pain. Below are some common causes of hand pain.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common condition that affects the hand and wrist. It occurs when the Median Nerve in the wrist is compressed. Nerves carry messages between our brains, spinal cord, and body parts. The Median Nerve carries signals for sensation and muscle movement. When the Median Nerve is compressed or entrapped, it cannot function properly.
Wrist fractures occur most often as the result of a fall. When we fall, it is our natural instinct to stretch out our arms in an attempt to cushion ourselves. However, this causes our full body weight to land on our wrists. There are several types of wrist fractures that can result from a fall or other source of injury. The type and location of the wrist fracture determines how it is treated.
Trigger Finger / Trigger Thumb
Trigger Finger and Trigger Thumb, medically termed Stenosing Tenosynovitis, are common hand conditions. This condition occurs when the tendons in the thumb and fingers do not glide smoothly. Tendons are strong tissues that connect our muscles to our bones. Trigger Finger, and Trigger Thumb causes the tendons to catch or get stuck when the fingers or thumb bend.
Arthritis of the Hand
Arthritis is a common disease that causes joint pain, stiffness, immobility, and swelling (arthritis alters the cartilage in joints). Cartilage is a very tough, shock-absorbing material that covers the ends of many of our bones. Arthritis can cause the cartilage to wear away, which can cause painful bone on bone rubbing.
Ganglion Cysts are a common condition. They are mainly not harmful or cancerous, although they may cause some people discomfort. Ganglion Cysts usually appear as bumps on the back of the hand and at either side of the wrist.
De Quervain’s Tendonitis
De Quervain’s Tendonitis is a condition caused by an inflammation of the tendons located at the thumb side of the wrist. Tendons are tissues that attach our muscles to our bones. They can become swollen and sore from overuse.
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