Common Hand Conditions

Nearly 40% of the adult American population have hand pain at some point.

If you have been experiencing hand pain recently, you may be concerned. Understanding the common hand conditions and what they indicate can help ease your mind.

Let's take a look!

1. Arthritis

Arthritis is a common hand condition that can be treated by a doctor. Arthritis involves inflammation of the joints, causing pain and stiffness in the hands. It is a very common condition that can affect any age group.

Treatment typically includes medications to control inflammation and pain. Also, physical therapy is a must to improve the range of motion, splints to support the joint, and in some cases, surgery to correct deformities or improve function. With early diagnosis and treatment, short-term and long-term relief from arthritic hand pain is possible.

2. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve runs through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. It also occurs if it becomes compressed, leading to pain, numbness, and tingling in hand and fingers. Patients, especially those who perform repetitive tasks with their indicators, such as typing, can experience severe pain and loss of dexterity.

A hand doctor will conduct an interview and physical exam to diagnose CTS and recommend an X-ray or nerve conductivity test. Treatment can range from physical therapy and wearing a brace to steroid injections and even surgery.

All treatments should focus on reducing or eliminating pain and restoring function. With proper care, CTS can be managed, and many patients improve over time.

3. Tendinitis

Tendinitis is a progressive condition that occurs when the tendons in the body become inflamed and irritated. Symptoms of it include tenderness, swelling, and pain in the affected tendon area.

It is essential to get treatment as soon as possible. Treatment options can vary depending on the severity of the condition. This may include immobilization, physical/stem cell therapy, ultrasound, and surgery.

4. Dupuytren’s Contracture

Dupuytren's contracture is a common hand condition affecting the palm and fingers' fascia, or connective tissue. It causes the fingers to contract and pull towards the palm of the hand, making it difficult to hold objects or do everyday activities.

Treatment for Dupuytren's contracture is the same as other hand conditions but surgery is the most valuable consideration. It is essential to speak to a top plastic surgeon to determine the best treatment option for your specific condition.

5. Ganglion Cysts

Ganglion cysts are a common hand condition that can be treated by a doctor. These cysts are fluid-filled lumps in hand, sometimes on or around the wrist or fingers. They are usually painless and range in size from just a few millimeters to several centimeters.

Treatment is usually either aspiration (removing the fluid and shrinking the cyst), or surgery (excision) to remove it. If the ganglion cyst is not causing symptoms, it may not need to be treated.

Treat Your Hand Conditions As Soon As Possible

Don't ignore your hand ailments! Early detection could prevent them from becoming persistent, chronic pain. Taking care of hand problems immediately can make all the difference.

Contact your healthcare professional now for support and guidance in handling your hand conditions. Don't wait. Get started right away!

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