Hand Pain

Hand pain can be caused by disease or injury affecting any of the structures in the hand, including the bones, muscles, joints, tendons, blood vessels, or connective tissues. Persistent pain may result in you deciding to see a board certified hand surgeon for further advice.

Common causes of hand pain:

    • Arthritis in the hand/fingers
      • Rheumatoid arthritis – an autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues.
      • Osteoarthritis – occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down over time.
    • Repetitive motion injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, can cause pain in the wrist and hand.
    • Peripheral neuropathy – conditions that result when nerves that carry messages to and from the brain and spinal cord from and to the rest of the body are damaged or diseased.
    • DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis – swelling and inflammation of the tendon around the thumb, causing pain in the thumb and lower arm.
    • Trigger finger – develops when the flexor tendons, which control the movements of the fingers and thumb, become irritated. This can make them thicken within the tendon sheath that surrounds the flexor
    • Trauma or injury to any of the structures in the hand is another common cause of hand pain.


    • Weakness (dropping objects such as a coffee cup)
    • Numbness or Tingling
    • Pain
    • Stiffness
    • Swelling
    • Loss of movement

Pain relief treatments include:

    • A splint to rest the thumb, wrist
    • Anti-inflammatory medications
    • Cortisone shots
    • Physical therapy
    • Surgery (can be an option for a few but not all hand issues)

If you are experiencing any kind of hand or wrist pain or have been diagnosed with carpel tunnel, contact us for a free consultation. To request an appointment, click here, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:

Cool Springs: 615-224-9810
Shelbyville: 931-684-0027
Spring Hill: 931-489-2022

Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care. Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.

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