Hand pain can be caused by a variety of different issues, ranging from temporary strain to chronic conditions like arthritis.
If hand pain begins to get in the way of performing regular activities, such as buttoning a shirt or holding a broom, talk to a plastic surgeon about these hand pain treatments to help you get back to normal life again.*
1. Exercises and Stretches
Before considering other treatment options, your plastic surgeon might suggest trying certain exercises and stretches to strengthen your hands and wrists and improve their function.
One such stretch is the hand glide. Start with your palm facing outward and your fingers together, like you’re going to give someone a high-five. Then slowly bend your fingers downward into a hook fist, then glide to a full fist and finally, a straight fist with your fingers flat against your palms.
Avoid performing the same exercise or activity over and over again for long periods of time, as this can cause repetitive strain injury.
If hand or finger pain is caused by a fractured or broken bone, your plastic surgeon may have you wear a splint until the break heals. Splinting can also be helpful to help relieve pain during an arthritis flare.*
Corticosteroid injections can be used in your joints to helpreduce inflammation and increase flexibility. However, many people do not see the same level of results after several injections as they did after their first one.*
4. Hand Surgery
For severe hand pain caused by conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis and tendon damage,hand surgery may be the most effective solution to improve hand function and relieve pain and stiffness.
*This information is for education only and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.