Hand & Wrist Pain - Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Hand and wrist pain is usually associated with carpel tunnel syndrome can be very painful. The hands and wrists are frequent sites for pain, due to constant use and motion throughout life. Many hand and wrist issues involve tendons or nerves. De Quervain's tenosynovitis is a common tendon problem, when the trigger finger locks the fingers or thumb into a bent position. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common disorder of the median nerve, which causes pain in the forearm, wrist, palm of the hand, and fingers. This pain from carpal tunnel syndrome typically is worse at night than during the day. Hands are also affected, sometimes severely, by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Hand & Wrist Pain Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Weakness
  • Stiffness
  • Restricted movement
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Difficulty holding or gripping objects
  • Difficulty making a fist or turning your wrist
  • Difficulty straightening out the fingers or thumb

Hand & Wrist Pain Causes

  • Accident, injury, or fall
  • Fracture
  • Nerve damage
  • Irritation of the tendons
  • Overuse and repetition of activities
  • Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis

Hand & Wrist Treatment, Hand & Wrist Relief - When to See a Doctor

Hand and wrist pain often improves within a few weeks with rest and/or over-the-counter pain relievers. Persistent hand and wrist pain should be addressed by your doctor, who may prescribe other medications, order physical therapy, or recommend further diagnosis and treatment by a specialist. Seek immediate medical attention if:

  • Your pain is from an accident, injury, or fall.
  • A fracture or dislocation is obvious.
  • Your pain is severe or intolerable.