Hand and wrist pain can be the result of a condition that has developed over time, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis, or of as the result of an injury from an accidental fall, such as a fracture or jam, or recent sports injury, such as a fracture or sprain.
In some cases, and if not detected early, conditions such as carpal tunnel, pressure caused by repetitive motions on the median nerve, may create severe pain in the fingers, thumb, hand, wrist, and forearm, making surgery a possible treatment option to relieving your hand and wrist pain.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of hand and wrist pain, it may be time to seek medical treatment from a hand and wrist doctor before your symptoms worsen:
- Increased joint pain or thumb pain
- Finger joint pain when carrying, gripping, grasping, or twisting objects
- Swelling and discomfort in the hand or around the affected joint
- Changes in the surrounding joints - if you are experiencing thumb joint pain, your neighboring finger joints may become more mobile than normal
- You hand, palm, and fingers may feel warm or appear red in color
- Hand numbness, tingling, or throbbing while resting or sleeping
- A sensation of grating or grinding in the affected joint - this is caused by damaged cartilage
- Developing cysts on the end joints of your fingers - this is caused by conditions such as arthritis
- Swelling or significant bruising in the wrist, around the joint, or over the forearm.
- Difficulty straightening your wrist
At Western Orthopaedics, we understand that pain in the hand and wrist can make simple, everyday activities challenging. If you are suffering from hand or wrist pain or have a hand or wrist injury or condition, consults with our hand doctor at Western Orthopaedics by calling 303-927-0124.
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