HAND PAIN

COMMON CAUSES, COMPLAINTS, DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT AND HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP

Common Causes

Research consistently shows that the following contribute to most hand complaints:

  • Traumatic fall
  • Chronic pain
  • Sitting at the computer for long periods of time
  • Repetitive lifting, twisting or gripping

Pain can also develop after a fall onto the hand or related to sports such as golf and tennis. Any of these activities can cause stress on the ligaments, joints, tendons and bones of the hand and wrist.

Typical Complaints

"I have pain with lifting/grabbing things."
"I fell onto my hand and now it hurts to move it."
"My symptoms get worse with sitting at my desk and typing at the computer."
"My hands fall asleep at night."
"I have pain in my thumb when I style my hair."

Common Diagnosis

  • Carpal tunnel
  • DeQuervain's tendonitis
  • Fracture
  • Trigger finger
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Ligament sprains/muscle strains
  • Osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

Common Treatments

Along with skilled manual therapy, individualized stretching and strengthening and patient education, we may incorporate innovative methods such as heat, ice, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, iontophoresis, fluidotherapy, paraffin, splinting and bracing.

Our goal is to quickly restore your function, relieve your pain and get you back to your favorite activities.

Since 1994, our evidenced based approach has helped thousands of West Michigan patients get back to their lives.

Contact Us for help relieving your hand pain.