Dr. Stanley Mathew in Doctors, Healthcare, Medical Researchers Physiatrist, Medical Director • St. Lukes Physical Medicine Rehabilitation Aug 13, 2020 · 1 min read · +400

Keeping Your Hands and Wrist Pain Free


Keeping Your Hands and Wrist Pain Free

We use our hands every day to perform a wide range of activities, and that can make them feel stiff and painful. Pain in the wrist and hand can also be progressive and can go unnoticed for some time.

Causes of Wrist Pain

Arthritis

This condition is more common in older people since it is degenerative and breaks down the cartilage that supports joint breaks. Osteoarthritis, as it is scientifically known, causes swelling, inflammation, and pain on the joints and the base of the thumbs.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

This is a rare condition that affects adults, and it causes numbness and pain in the wrist. It affects the median nerve by compressing it as it branches in hand.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy is brought about by injury to the nerves, which can occur as a result of extreme cold or medications like chemotherapy. It causes the fingertips to experience painful sensations and numbness.

Fractures

Breaking of a bone or wrist during a fall or injury can cause pain. The results are usually swelling or bruises on your wrist. Fractures can also occur from osteoporosis where your bones become weaker due to repetitive stress on the hand or wrist.

Trigger Finger

This is a painful condition that causes fingers to stick in one position. People with diabetes, arthritis and gout are more likely to develop this condition since it affects the tendon that controls movement in the hands and wrist.

Strategies for Coping with Pain in The Hands

One of the ways to cope with this pain is taking anti-inflammatory medications prescribed by a doctor that will reduce the pain. These medications may include a steroid pill or injection. Another way is to wear braces to relieve your pain on wrist and hand.

Physical therapy can help to stretch and strengthen the hand or wrist and alleviate the pain. Mindful meditation can help cope with the pain through stress reduction. Other remedies include Acupuncture which is ancient Chinese medicine. CBD or cannabidiol can also help to control the pain. Home remedies include using ice and taking plenty of rest.

Medication attention should be sought if the pain persists for more than a week or two. Evaluation of the cause of the pain can help to prevent future pain.