The human hand has a complex and delicate structure, comprising 27 bones and several thousand nerves. Though the joints and muscles allow strong, precise, and dexterous movements, they are quite vulnerable to injuries, too. If you have been experiencing hand and wrist pain, the physicians participating in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line in Plano are here to help. But first, let’s understand some of the common causes of hand and wrist pain, and some simple exercises that may help.
Common Causes of Hand and Wrist Pain
Hand and wrist pain can be the result of a number of degenerative bone conditions, muscle disorders, and post injury complications. Here are a few possible causes:
- Hand or wrist injury
- Arthritis, mainly osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome, which involves a damaged or pressed nerve in your hand
- Raynaud’s phenomenon, causing numbness in hands and feet
- De Quervain’s tenosynovitis – a condition affecting the tendons
- Peripheral neuropathy, causing numbness, pain, and weakness in your hands and feet
- Ganglion cysts – a large mass or lump coming out of the back of the wrist
- Gout – a complex form or Arthritis
- Lupus – an autoimmune disease
- Stenosing tenosynovitis (Trigger Finger), where your finger or thumb gets stuck in a bent position
Exercises for Hand and Wrist Pain
- Place your palms together in a praying position, have your elbows touch each other with your hands in front of your face. Now, slowly spread your elbows apart and do this while lowering your hands to waist height and stopping when your hands are in front of your belly button. Hold the stretch for 10- 30 seconds, and repeat.
- Extend your arm with palm facing up and with your free hand, gently press your fingers down toward the floor. Now, slowly pull your fingers back, hold this position for 10- 30 seconds. Repeat few times.
- Place your hands on your thighs with palms up while sitting. Now, close your hands slowly into fists, not to be clenched too tightly. With your forearms touching your legs, raise your fists off of your legs then towards your body, bending at the wrist. Hold for 10 seconds, and repeat.
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Seeking Treatment for Hand and Wrist Pain in Plano?
If you or a loved one has been experiencing consistent hand or wrist pain that just doesn’t go away or keeps recurring, consult an experienced orthopedic surgeon to help figure out what’s going on. If left untreated, the pain can lead to complications and may aggravate with time. Contact Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center to connect with experienced, participating orthopedic surgeons specialized in treating hand and wrist pain. To schedule an appointment, simply call +1-888-608-4762.
NOTE: The physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of THSOC.