Where Does it Hurt?

Hands and Wrists

Pain in the hands and wrists can arise from a variety of causes, ranging from overuse to sudden injury or a serious medical condition. Hand and wrist pain can interfere greatly with your daily life, making it difficult to work, perform simple tasks, or enjoy hobbies and recreation. Shasta Orthopaedics can help with your hand and wrist problems and get you back to enjoying your routine.

Common Hand and Wrist Problems

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
  • Tingling in the hand and fingers
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Pain in the fingers, thumb, hand, and sometimes the forearm

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve of the wrist. This condition often develops as a result of repeated hand motion in relation to both work and recreational activities.  Prior injuries to the wrist can also contribute to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Tendon Injury
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
  • Pain in the hand a wrist
  • Tenderness
  • Decreased strength
  • Decreased movement

Tendons are the tough, rope-like fibers that connect your muscles to your bones.  Tendon injuries can be caused by repeated activity, wear and tear, or aging. Common conditions related to tendon injury include tendon inflammation, known as Tendonitis, and Tendonosis, which describes tiny tears that occur in the connective tissue in or around the tendon.  Tendinopathy describes the occurrence these two conditions simultaneously.

De Quervain's Disease
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
  • Swelling of the wrist
  • Grating feeling in the wrist
  • Pain and weakness along the thumb, wrist, and forearm
  • Increased pain with activity

De Quervain’s Disease involves swelling and inflammation of the tendons and the tendon sheath on the thumb side of the wrist.  The exact cause of de Quervain's disease is unknown, though it is speculated that the condition may occur from injury to the wrist or tendon, or from activities that involve repeated wrist and thumb movements.

Repetitive Motion Syndrome
Symptoms often occur in relation to repeated activity, and may include:
  • Pain in the hand, fingers or wrist
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Numbness

Repeated use of the same motion during work or recreation may cause tissues to swell and become fatigued. 

Dupuytren's Disease
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
  • Small lumps in the palm
  • Stiffness in the hand and fingers
  • Lack of mobility

Dupuytren’s Disease involves abnormal thickening of the tissue beneath the skin in the hands.  This can lead to limited movement and deformity of the fingers.

Trigger Finger and Trigger Thumb
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
  • Finger or thumb feels stuck
  • Catches, snaps, or clicks with movement
  • Tenderness in the finger or thumb
  • Appearance of a bump in the palm of the hand

Trigger Finger and Trigger Thumb are conditions involving difficulty in bending or straightening the finger or thumb. This condition is often related to repeated use.

Ganglions
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
  • Appearance of small bump under the skin
  • May increase in size or hurt with activity
  • May be moveable
  • Usually not painful

Ganglions are small sacs (cysts) filled with clear, jellylike fluid that often appear as bumps on the hands and wrists.  The exact cause of ganglions is not known, but it is likely that they occur in conjunction with an injury. In some cases, ganglions can be painful, unsightly, or limit activity

It is very important to seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing symptoms in your hands. 

Symptoms in your hands can indicate serious medical conditions that require immediate medical attention, including heart attack, diabetes, stroke, lupus, and infection.

Seek emergency medical care immediately if you have been injured or if your symptoms are severe. In the context of all hand and wrist problems, early diagnosis and treatment are necessary to prevent further damage and complications.

Once emergency care has been administered, orthopaedic medicine may be able to help immensely with pain symptoms that can arise from a variety of conditions, or linger long after an injury.