When your hand is stiff, painful, or numb, or if you can’t perform simple tasks such as grasping, you may find it difficult to get through your day. Amish Naik, MD, PhD, an expert orthopedic surgeon, diagnoses and treats your hand pain at Alta Orthopedics in Millburn, New Jersey. Whether your hand pain is acute (sudden) or chronic (lasting 12 weeks or more), Dr. Naik helps restore pain-free movement with noninvasive or surgical treatments tailored to your needs. Contact Alta Orthopedics today by phone or through the online form.
Hand pain has many root causes, including sources far removed from the hand itself. If you have a neck or shoulder injury, for example, it could radiate to your hand, causing pain, numbness, and other symptoms.
Some common reasons for hand pain include:
You might also develop hand pain as a result of an inflammatory condition, such as arthritis.
In addition to obvious sources of trauma, such as an auto or work-related accident or a fall, you can also develop repetitive use injuries that affect your hands. Athletes, artists, musicians, and manual laborers often develop hand pain as a result of:
Repetitive motion injuries can result in conditions such as de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, which causes pain and swelling in the thumb or trigger finger and thumb. With this condition, the affected digits can freeze or lock.
You can treat mild hand pain at home by resting your hand, icing the areas that hurt, and using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to control the swelling and pain. However, if your hand is swollen, purplish, or very painful, contact Dr. Naik right away. You should also contact him if your mild pain doesn’t diminish after a few days of at-home treatment or if the pain worsens.
Dr. Naik first diagnoses the source of your hand pain by conducting an in-depth physical examination of your hand, fingers, arm, and shoulder. He may order in-office imaging studies, such as an X-ray or ultrasound, to determine if you have fractures, dislocations, or other structural problems.
If you have a ganglion cyst or another type of growth, Dr. Naik may recommend surgical removal. He also repairs torn and stretched ligaments and tendons with arthroscopic grafting surgery. He may recommend a physical therapist to help you regain strength and find new ways of using your hand to avoid repetitive use injuries.
Determine the source of your hand pain and get relief with an evaluation and treatment at Alta Orthopedics today. Contact the knowledgeable staff by phone or through the online form.