We rely on our hands every day. If the function of our hands becomes impeded, it can cause serious problems in daily life. Repetitive motions throughout the day can strain our hands.
Different causes of hand pain
There are many different causes of hand pain. It is important to keep in mind that conditions in the wrist and the arm can also cause pain in your hands. Some of the most common causes of hand pain are:
- Arthritis — There are numerous small joints in the hands that can be affected by arthritis. This condition is caused by inflammation and may feel like a burning sensation.
- Tendinitis — The tendons connect your muscles to your bone. When your hands are injured or strained by overuse, it can cause tendinitis. This can lead to weakness, inflammation and swelling in the hands.
- Golfer’s elbow — Injuries affecting the elbow can be felt as hand pain. Golfer’s elbow is caused by pain in the tendons that attach the forearm to the inside of the elbow.
- Fractures — Fractures in the hand or wrist can damage the surrounding soft tissue, which can be painful. Exercises are important in preventing a loss of hand function after a fracture.
- Muscle strains or sprains — These occur after a muscle or ligament has been torn. This usually happens when a hand is overstretched.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) — CTS is not an injury, but a condition caused when there is stress on the median nerve. It can feel painful like a bad cramp in the hands, but CTS actually is not a cramp at all.
How hand therapy can help manage your hand pain
The first step in treating hand pain is a thorough evaluation. What motions or positions are causing your hand pain? Once the cause of your pain is determined, treatment can begin.
Stretching the hand is important to build up your range of motion. Restoring the functionality of your hands is key to recovery. Physical therapists in Kalamazoo can show you the right hand therapy maneuvers to help restore flexibility.
Hand therapy also includes exercises. Building hand strength is important in helping return your hands to normal. Exercising your own hand muscles can be effective in treating joint pain.
Armor PT is prepared to meet your hand therapy needs in Kalamazoo
Are you suffering from hand pain? Armor Physical Therapy’s physical therapists in Kalamazoo are trained in a variety of hand therapy techniques. We can help manage your hand pain and help your hands feel normal again. We offer free screenings that can help determine the right hand therapy treatment for you.
Contact us today for more information about the kinds of hand therapy offered in Kalamazoo, or to schedule an initial appointment.