Orthopedic Surgery located in Niceville, FL & Crestview, FL
You use your hands all the time, which is why hand pain is so disruptive to your independence and quality of life. If you have hand pain that gets in the way of daily activities, the team of experienced orthopedic surgeons at Bluewater Orthopedics in Niceville, Crestview, and Destin, Florida can help. The providers diagnose and treat the various causes of hand pain, ranging from arthritis to traumatic injuries. Call Bluewater Orthopedics or schedule a consultation online today for expert treatment to relieve hand pain.
Hand Pain Q & A
What causes hand pain?
Including the wrist, each of your hands consists of 27 bones, 27 joints, 34 muscles, and over 100 ligaments. With so many delicate moving parts and repetitive use, many injuries and degenerative conditions can cause hand pain.
Some of the common causes of hand pain include:
Arthritis is the collective term for more than 100 different diseases that cause joint inflammation and pain. You can develop osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and lupus in your hands.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome causes nerve pain, numbness, and tingling in your hands. The condition develops when inflammation in your wrist compresses the median nerve as it enters your hand.
De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
De Quervain’s tenosynovitis causes pain, swelling, and numbness in your thumb. This inflammatory condition can make it painful to grasp or pinch objects.
Neuropathy is a painful condition that occurs when you have nerve compression or damage. It causes pain, weakness, and numbness, reducing your ability to grasp or hold objects.
Your hands are also vulnerable to traumatic injuries. Many people sustain fractures or dislocations during sports accidents or by falling on an outstretched hand.
How is the cause of hand pain diagnosed?
The Bluewater Orthopedics team provides thorough exams and diagnostic tests to identify the cause of your hand pain. They begin by asking about your symptoms, potential injuries, and your medical history.
During your exam, your physician observes and feels your hand for inflammation and deformity. Your doctor may ask you to pick up small objects or perform some movements so they can see how your hand pain limits your mobility.
When necessary, your orthopedist may order additional testing, such as X-rays, electromyography, or nerve conduction studies to collect more information about your condition.
How is hand pain treated?
Once your physician diagnoses the condition causing your hand pain, they create a customized treatment plan to relieve your pain and heal your hand. Your treatment plan may include:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Physical therapy
When necessary, the team offers expert hand surgery to repair injuries, release nerve impingement, and reset dislocations and fractures.
Call Bluewater Orthopedics today or make an appointment online if hand pain interferes with your life.
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