Hand pain, whether dull, sharp, or chronic, is a common and debilitating condition that can significantly affect our daily life, making it difficult to perform even the simplest tasks like grasping objects, tying, writing, etc.
Identifying the causes of hand pain is vital for determining the most effective treatment and management methods.
Let’s talk about what causes hand pain and where you can go for the effective treatment and management of hand pain in Bismarck.
Arthritis – inflammation, and swelling of one or more joints – is a prevalent cause of hand pain. Your hands and wrists are among the body parts that are particularly susceptible to arthritis.
Among various other types, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis that affects hands and wrists. Osteoarthritis of the hand leads to the loss of cartilage in the finger joints and at the base of the thumb, resulting in debilitating pain, swelling, and stiffness. This can also limit hand motion, making it difficult to perform everyday activities.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the median nerve (a nerve running from your forearm to the palm of your hand) is compressed due to thickening or swelling of the carpel tunnel (a tunnel surrounded by ligaments and bones).
Irritated median nerves result in pain, numbness, tingling, and, ultimately weakness in the palm, finger, and wrist.
De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a painful condition in which the tendons at the base of your thumb become inflamed, leading to inflammation in the surrounding area.
Symptoms of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis include pain and swelling near the base and around the thumb-side of your wrist and a sticking or popping feeling when moving your thumb.
Ganglion cysts are the most common type of benign (noncancerous), soft-tissue tumor. These soft, fluid-filled growths can develop on the front or back of the hand without any clear cause.
Initially, ganglion cysts are painless, but over time, they cause pain, localized swelling, mild aching, and weakness in the wrist.
Due to their delicate nature, our hands are susceptible to traumatic injuries. Fractures, ligament tears, and flexor tendon injuries are the most common hand injuries, particularly in sports and construction settings.
These injuries can result in severe pain and poor healing and may cause permanent changes in hand function. Symptoms include intense pain, stiffness, swelling, and loss of movement.
Gout, a complex form of arthritis, is an extremely painful condition. Individuals with gout may have sudden and severe pain attacks in joints such as the hands and wrists. Gout symptoms, including intense pain, burning sensation, redness, and tenderness, often disrupt sleep and can wake people during the night.
Hand Pain Treatment in Bismarck
Do you have pain in your hands? Do you feel swelling and stiffness in your hands? Does your pain get worse with time? Visit us at The Bone & Joint Center, where our extensively experienced orthopedic surgeons are board-certified and experts in providing both non-surgical and surgical treatment methods to treat your hand pain. We also recommend and offer physiotherapy to strengthen your musculoskeletal system.