Hand Pain | Orthopaedics, P.C. Spencer, Iowa
Hand Pain | Orthopaedics, P.C. Spencer, Iowa
Hand Pain | Orthopaedics, P.C. Spencer, Iowa

Hand Pain

The hand is an anatomically complex structure that contains 27 bones, 34 muscles and all the ligaments and tendons that attach. The joints in the hand allow for strong, repetitive movements, but this makes them susceptible to injury. As you can imagine, diagnosing hand injuries can be difficult, but it is important to get an accurate diagnosis for proper healing.

Sudden trauma or injuries to the hand can cause sprains or fractures. Spraining or fracturing the joints in your hand can result in a long recovery, especially if it is your dominant hand. Minor sprains can often be treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), rest, ice and compression. It is time to see an orthopedic surgeon if pain and swelling last longer than 48 hours. An orthopedic surgeon can properly diagnose a hand or wrist injury and get you on your way to recovery.

Chronic pain from overuse is another common cause of hand pain, although several more serious diagnoses can stem from overuse. One of those diagnoses is arthritis. Arthritis is swelling of the joint and is a common problem in joints where chronic pain is present.

Wrist Pain | Orthopaedics, P.C. Spencer, Iowa
Wrist Pain | Orthopaedics, P.C. Spencer, Iowa
Wrist Pain | Orthopaedics, P.C. Spencer, Iowa

Wrist Pain

Wrist pain can be caused by disease or injury affecting any aspect of the wrist joint, including the bones, ligaments and tendons surrounding the area. Joint pain is medically known as arthralgia. Pain is a symptom of joint inflammation (arthritis) that may occur in the wrist. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common types of arthritis to occur in the wrist. Repetitive-motion injuries can cause pain in the wrist and hand. Carpal tunnel syndrome is an impingement on the median nerve in the area of the wrist that can cause numbness, tingling and eventually pain or cramping in the hand.

Trauma or injuries such as strains and sprains are common causes of wrist pain. However, since your hands and wrists are used often, overuse injuries can also occur in these joints. Due to overuse, it can often be difficult to diagnose the root problem of your pain. Seeing a specialist is important to review your symptoms and diagnose your injury.

Although most minor wrist injuries respond well to rest, ice, compression and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), some injuries may need to be diagnosed by an orthopedic surgeon. It is important to know your body and if the symptoms you are experiencing are normal or not. If pain and swelling last more than 48 hours, it is time to consider getting an appointment. If you wait too long, your healing could be delayed and you could experience a more painful recovery, as well as loss of range of motion.

A common wrist diagnosis is carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the carpal tunnel (the passage which the median nerve runs through) becomes compressed and then presses on the median nerve. This can only be diagnosed by an orthopedic surgeon, but symptoms include pain in the wrist, numbness and tingling in the hand, a pins-and-needle sensation and hand or wrist weakness.

From the knitter to the high-intensity hockey player, wrist and hand injuries can happen to anyone. If you are experiencing hand or wrist pain from a recent injury or just from overuse, make an
appointment with Dr. Pruitt today.

Dr. Pruitt specializes in wrist and hand pain, sports medicine and joint replacement.

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