Hand pain can be caused by a variety of issues. Repetitive motion injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, can cause pain in the wrist and hand. Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the two most common types of arthritis in the hand.
We treat many additional hand issues, including:
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when pressure is on the median nerve – the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. It can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage in the hand and fingers.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is common in people who perform repetitive motions of the hand and wrist. Typing on a computer keyboard is probably the most common cause of carpal tunnel. Other causes include:
Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term disease that leads to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues. It can also affect other organs.
The cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown. It is considered an autoimmune disease. The body’s immune system normally fights off foreign substances, like viruses. But in an autoimmune disease, the immune system confuses healthy tissue for foreign substances. As a result, the body attacks itself.
Rheumatoid arthritis has no known prevention. However, it is often possible to prevent further damage to the joints with proper early treatment.