Everyone has experienced hand pain in their life at some point. Pain can stem from normal activities, like filling out tons of paperwork or from contorting your hand to tighten a bolt. This feeling can be incredibly frustrating, which is why it’s important to know what level of pain is “normal” and at what point to seek medical treatment.
The most important piece of advice we can give is that if you’re unsure about the cause of your hand or finger pain, make an appointment. If you can’t figure out what the origin of your pain is, there may be an underlying issue or condition that can be treated. When in doubt, give us a call!
If you’re living with hand pain, you know how limiting it can be. Try these methods to alleviate hand pain and get back to doing the things you love!
1. Make Hand Exercises a Part of your Daily Routine
If you’re suffering from arthritis, it’s usually accompanied by stiffness. That stiffness can be alleviated through a variety of hand exercises! These Hand exercises will help strengthen the muscles that support the joints of the hand. The regular movement can help to keep ligaments and tendons flexible, improving range of motion. If these exercises become more difficult to complete over time, it’s time to make an appointment with your doctor.
As with many ailments, overuse and fatigue will exacerbate the issue. Sometimes the best thing you can do to treat your symptoms is to take it easy. By avoiding certain activities, inflammation can subside and discomfort will often recede over time.
3. Ice and/or Heat
Both ice and heat can be effective when it comes to treating inflammation and alleviating hand pain. Ice can help by reducing swelling and controlling pain. Many people with recurring issues find that heat soothes and loosens up their hand. One of the most effective ways to utilize ice or heat would be through an ice pack or warm compress, but even soaking your hands for a length of time can work wonders!
If the above methods are unsuccessful at alleviating your hand or finger pain, it’s time to see a professional. There are a variety of injuries or conditions that may be causing your discomfort. Give us a call! We provide the most advanced orthopedic care in Manhattan.