The hand contains 27 bones which are held together with ligaments and controlled with muscles of various sizes. Hands… they are used in so many ways on a daily basis. We use them to push open a door, pull a wagon, twist open a can, make a fist, swing a tennis racquet, cradle a baby and pinch them together to pick up a small object. Tasks vary and may require small tedious to strenuous movements. When pain or discomfort is experienced and hands are positioned in a biomechanically incorrect position (losing their proper alignment) they become compromised and additional symptoms in the arms and wrists may develop.
There are numerous symptoms associated with the hand:
- Pain in wrist, hand or fingers
- Hand numbness
- Grip strength reduction
There are many causes of hand numbness and hand pain!
- Poor Posture
- Trauma or Hand Injuries
- Overuse or Repetitive Movements (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
- Autoimmune Disease (Rheumatoid Arthritis)
- Nerve Compression
- Inflammation (Osteoarthritis, Bursitis, Tendonitis)
- Neurological Causes (Hypothyroidism, MS, Vitamin B12 Deficiency, Cervical Spondylosis)
Are you searching for a hand doctor?
If a hand condition is not treated, it may worsen over time. Therefore, an evaluation to determine if care is necessitated is important. To restore normal function and strength, many treatment options are available.
- Chiropractic: A gentle joint manipulation or hand/finger adjustment to correct the misalignment is provided. Various types of manipulations are available – manual manipulation, Cox decompression distraction manipulation or instrument adjustment. Other treatment/technique options for hand pain include heat or ice therapy, ultrasound, trigger point therapy, stretches, etc. In addition, a splint or support may be recommended.
- Physical Therapy: After identifying limitations, muscle strength and analyzing daily activities – the root cause or causes are determined and treatment can begin to reduce pain, improve range of motion and return strength. Physical Therapists provide at home instructions and exercises.
- Acupuncture: Certain acupuncture points help relieve pain, improve circulation and relax spasms.
- Nutritional Counseling: To help prevent fractures, adequate amounts of calcium are essential to help build bone strength. Work with a Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist to create a healthy eating program – one that helps to reduce inflammation and ensure that deficiencies are not present.
Once the cause of hand pain has been corrected, recommendations to prevent hand injuries are provided:
- To help prevent a fall, wear sensible shoes, remove home hazards and if necessary install grab bars and handrails in bathrooms and by stairs.
- If participating in high-risk sports, a wrist guard or other protective gear may be recommended.
- Make sure your home and work areas are ergonomically correct – especially when using a keyboard.
If you are suffering with hand pain, seek care from a hand doctor. Many sufferers find relief by integrating a treatment program that includes Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Nutrition and/or Acupuncture. Do not allow hand numbness or pain in wrist prevent you from working or enjoying activities. Contact us today if you are experiencing hand pain at (732) 254-5553.