There are several types of pain one could experience as the result of a hand or wrist injury. There are also several conditions that affect the hand and wrist. Some of these conditions arise as the result of the way the hands are used to perform common activities such as lifting or manipulating heavy items, protecting oneself from the impact of a fall, or playing sports, while others come about over extended periods of time from overusing your hands and wrists in a specific way.
Sprains, strains, and fractures are common when the hands are being used incorrectly or overly aggressively to lift and carry heavy items, operate machinery, or even bracing against a fall and playing sports. Chronic or long-term conditions like carpal tunnel develop over several months to several years. Systemic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis also cause discomfort and pain. One should always seek attentive medical care from pain management specialists to analyze conditions that cause pain, swelling, numbness, tingling sensations, or abnormal placement of the hands and wrists, particularly if these symptoms persist for over three days.
Of all the ways a pair of hands can get hurt, spraining and straining them are the most common. When too much pressure is applied to the hands and wrists during stretching, twisting, or thrusting, either (or both) of these effects can occur. When a ligament is incorrectly and violently stretched and/ or twisted to the point where it causes pain and swelling, it means that a sprain has occurred. A ligament is what holds the bones together. A strain, on the other hand, is the stretching or tearing of the muscles or tendons in your hands and wrists. The tendons in your body are lengths of fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bones.
Fractures occur when the force that strikes the affected bones is greater than the resistance of the bones themselves. Considering the bones in the hand and wrist are so small, they occur more easily than in other parts of the body. Hand and wrist fractures are extremely painful and must be immediately addressed by a physician.
There are few permanent solutions for many of the problems surrounding the hands and wrists, and even surgery can sometimes ease the pain without completely eliminating it. To know your options regarding hand and wrist pain management, book an appointment with New Jersey’s finest pain control physicians today by calling 973-777-5444.