Hand pain is a common medical complaint that occurs as a result of injury or overuse of the hand. Many conditions can contribute to hand pain, such as arthritis, trigger finger, gamekeeper’s thumb, gouts, ganglion cysts, and more.
If you’ve had hand pain that refuses to go away with physical therapy or the use of over-the-counter medications, then you may need the intervention of a pain specialist. At Advanced Sports & Spine, we provide personalized hand pain treatment in Charlotte and Fort Mill using revolutionary non-surgical and non-opiate pain management approaches. Our procedures involve regenerative medicine that harnesses the person’s natural healing properties, so you do not have to worry about adverse side effects.
Hand injuries refer to damage to one or more structures that make up the hand. These structures include the bones, tendons, cartilages, muscles, and joints of the hand. Events such as sudden trauma, overuse, fractures, and soft tissue injuries can result in hand pain.
Swelling, inflammation, and nerve damage are other conditions that can lead to hand injuries. Hand pain that lingers for weeks may be a result of arthritis of the hand or other conditions such as trigger finger or a nerve condition. Hence, appropriate treatment of hand injuries and inflammation requires the intervention of a pain specialist to diagnose the cause of the injury and recommend a personalized regenerative treatment for the condition.
Hand pain can be caused by injuries or issues such as osteoarthritis, overuse, nerve damage, trigger finger, and more.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common complaints that affects many parts of the body including the hand. It occurs when joints and other connective tissues of the hand begin to wear and tear over time. This causes the joints to become inflamed and consequently leads to pain and swelling around the hand regions.
Common symptoms of osteoarthritis of the hand include dull and burning pains around the fingers or hands, warmth around the joints of the hand, the sensation of grinding, and looseness around the finger joints. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common reasons for persistent long-term hand pain, so proper treatment requires a pain specialist’s intervention to accurately diagnose and treat the condition.
The gamekeeper’s thumb usually occurs as a result of acute or chronic overuse of the thumb which causes the thumb to pull away from the index finger and ultimately causes a stretch or tear of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). Prolonged stress on the UCL often makes it vulnerable to sudden damage which causes injury from activities such as high-impact sports and falls.
This condition usually manifests as an inability to move the thumb, bruising, weakened grip, joint pain, misaligned thumb, and more. Appropriate treatment of the gamekeeper’s thumb depends on the severity of the injury. Because it can be extremely painful, patients usually seek fast treatment from non-surgical pain management to quickly relieve their discomfort.
A trigger finger is a painful hand condition that causes one or more of your fingers or thumb to lock when you try to bend them. When it affects your finger, it’s a trigger finger. However, if the pain is localized to your thumb, then it’s called a trigger thumb.
Symptoms of trigger finger or thumb include painful clicking or snapping when you bend or straighten the finger. Sometimes you may experience stiffness in your finger when you wake up in the morning, or even a locked finger that you find difficult to straighten. If you suspect any of these symptoms then you may have a trigger finger. Feel free to schedule a regenerative consultation to quickly relieve your discomfort.
Damage to the median nerve which innervates the hand can result in hand pain. Carpal tunnel syndrome usually manifests as numbness, weakness, and pain in the hand. A sharp, burning, and electric-like pain sensation are other notable symptoms of this condition. Treatment of this condition requires an appropriate diagnosis to assess the condition and administer appropriate peripheral injections to treat the pain.
We offer several different options for treating hand pain at our pain management offices in Charlotte and Fort Mill. We treat hand pain using regenerative medical procedures, such as PRP therapy and stem cell therapy. We also utilize innovative treatment methods such as trigger point injections, steroid injections, nerve blocks, and other revolutionary procedures for alleviating or eliminating hand pain.
Most cases of hand pain usually resolve on their own after a short period of rest or over-the-counter medications. However, hand pain that lingers for weeks requires appropriate medical assessment. Untreated hand pain may affect a person’s quality of life and overall well-being, so it is always a good option to check with a pain specialist for appropriate therapy. A pain specialist like Dr. Ahmad can assess your pain, evaluate your symptoms, and help you prepare a treatment plan that will provide you with relief and restore functionality to your hand.
Hand pain is caused by several factors that may manifest from mild to severe cases of hand pain. Depending on the cause of the pain and level of discomfort, mild cases can resolve with rest or the use of over-the-counter medications. However, more serious cases may require intervention by pain specialists. It is difficult to tell if a hand condition will resolve on its own or not, so it is advisable to consult with a pain specialist to evaluate your symptoms so you can know the next steps.
It is usually difficult to tell if hand pain is serious or not at the initial onset. However, hand pain that lingers and refuses to go away after rest or interventions with over-the-counter pain relief or ice or heat therapy may be severe. If you feel this way, it is the right time to contact a pain specialist to evaluate your symptoms, determine the source, and design a treatment plan that is specific to your needs.
The hand is connected to the wrist which is a mobile joint in the human body. This makes it prone to wear, tear, and injuries. A great way to keep your hands healthy is to avoid overstressing your hands and fingers and protecting them from accidents and falls.
The duration of discomfort from hand pain varies depending on the cause of the pain. Mild cases usually resolve on their own with rest or the use of over-the-counter medications. Acute pains involving minor injuries may resolve after some days or a couple of weeks. More severe cases usually require medical interventions by pain specialists to relieve your pain.
Experts may recommend possible lifestyle changes that may relieve discomfort once the source of the pain has been determined.
Finding the right effective treatment for hand pain requires determining the cause of the pain. Schedule an appointment for an evaluation with one of our experts. Once the root of your pain is known, we can devise a custom treatment plan to relieve your hand pain.
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