Hand or wrist pain can be caused by several possible conditions. In general, this type of pain is due to trauma, injury or nerve damage common to the wrists, hands and / or fingers. If you experience chronic hand and wrist pain and are unsure of your diagnosis, or the severity of your condition, you should seek medical advice before beginning any treatment.
Some signs that you should be seen by a doctor include:
There are many potential causes of lumps, bumps, and masses that can appear on the hand and wrist. The cause of a hand or wrist mass can be determined by the appearance of the mass, examination findings, and possibly by imaging studies, including X-ray , ultrasound or MRI. Bumps or lumps that are painful, bothersome or increase in size should be medically examined.
Numbness or tingling in the fingers is typically caused by a compressed nerve in the hand, wrist or arm. For example, pain and/or numbness in the hand(s) can indicate carpal tunnel syndrome, where the median nerve is pinched off or compressed as it passes through the wrist joint. Conditions that originate in the elbow or arm, such as cubital tunnel syndrome, can also cause shooting pains along the forearm, with numbness and tingling of the fingers.
Swelling of the hand or wrist can be associated with a number of common and acute conditions. For example, swelling and bruising typically appear following major and minor injuries to the hand or wrist, such as sprains or fractures. Swelling that occurs over the back of the hand or wrist can indicate the growth of a ganglion cyst. Other hand and wrist conditions such as tendonitis and arthritis are frequently associated with swelling symptoms. Abnormal or frequent swelling should be reviewed by a doctor to determine the cause.
Some potential symptoms of hand and wrist problems involve difficulties with flexibility with limited motion in the hand, wrist or arm. These symptoms can include difficulty making a fist, or problems gripping and picking up objects with the hand, or an inability to carry objects or use the arm. Each of these symptoms should be checked by an orthopaedic specialist.
In general, the cracking of joints in the hands and wrists is very common, and usually painless. Many people crack their knuckles or make their fingers pop as a matter of habit. Finger clicking, popping, and snapping can be potential symptoms of finger conditions, such as tendon problems, ligament injuries and arthritis. Individuals who experience pain associated with cracking joints should be evaluated, to identify any underlying problems.
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