Hand and wrist pain can be triggered by a number of internal or external body factors, ranging from sprains to fractures. The hands are always in use and as a result, are exposed to a number of factors that predispose them to injury. Other causes of hand and wrist pain include long-term conditions such as arthritis. While patients can always count on a physician referral center such as Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center to connect with a trusted referral line physician, it’s always good to know the basics. On that note, we take a closer look at some of the possible causes of hand and wrist pain. Read on.
There are many forms of arthritis that affect joints, bones and muscles causing problems such as pain, stiffness and swelling in the hand and wrist. Here are some possible disease-related problems that affect hands and wrists.
This is a chronic disorder that is characterized by the breakdown of the cartilages that cushion bone ends. The breakdown causes the bones in the wrist and hands to rub against each other, causing stiffness, pain and little movement in the joints.
This is a disorder that occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the synovium – the thin membrane that lines the bones. It can cause joint damage, pain, swelling, inflammation, loss of function and even disability.
Symptoms of Hand and Wrist pain
Hand and wrist pain can manifest in various ways. The pain can vary, ranging from a dull ache to a tingling sensation in the affected area and when severe, can be quite unbearable, as in the case of fractures. The pain will be felt when you try to do necessary actions like making a fist or turning your wrist.
Others symptoms can include swelling of the area in question and a bruised hand or wrist. Also, numbness can be a symptom especially in the case of carpal tunnel syndrome. If you experience these symptoms, consult a hand and wrist specialist as soon as possible.
Treatment for Hand and Wrist Pain
Depending on the severity of the pain over the counter pain relievers may suffice. In the case of inflammation of the parts of the hand and wrist, anti-inflammatory drugs can be taken to ease the pain. Treatment options vary depending on the cause of the pain.
Other conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome may require physical therapy accompanied by medication if the pain does not subside after these conservative treatments, then surgery may be recommended.
In the case of a fracture the physician may use a cast to immobilize the injured bone. In addition, OTC painkillers can be taken to ease any discomfort during the healing process.
If you or a loved one has been experiencing hand and wrist pain, waste no time in contacting Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center to get connected with a participating specialist near you. There are numerous locations throughout North Texas for your hand and wrist pain. To book an appointment with a trusted hand and wrist doctor, click here, or simply call (888) 608-4762.
Note: Physicians participating in our referral program are independent practitioners and they are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center.