Causes of Hand Pain


If your hands hurt, you’re not alone. Millions of people suffer from hand pain each year. In many cases it’s due to arthritis, but there has also been a sharp rise in cases of repetitive stress injuries (RSI) such as carpel tunnel syndrome and trigger finger. The popularity of computers, video games and texting is to blame for many types of RSI, as the repetitive motion of typing on a keyboard, using a mouse, thumb typing and using a game controller can all result in hand pain, swelling and reduced field of motion. In some cases of carpal tunnel, surgery is needed, but today doctors have new techniques to help manage your pain and eliminate it. These include the use of braces, physical therapy and using proper ergonomics. For example, when typing, your wrists should be supported and not be lower than the keyboard. The most important thing you can do is stop the repetitive motion and rest the irritated tendons, muscles and nerves. Depending on the exact cause of the pain, ice packs or moist heat may be recommended, as well as exercises to do at home. If you are experiencing hand pain that isn’t improving after a few weeks or is impacting your quality of life, call your doctor and see what he can do for you.