Hand Pain & Injury Treatment
The hand is one of the most important ‘tools’ of our body. That’s why injuries to the hand are
usually very disabling in daily activities. The most common causes of injuries are due to sports, falls and accidents. One of the most important aspects with hand injuries is that patients should not wait too long to seek for medical help from a doctor or physiotherapist, because chronic hand conditions may take an unreasonable time to heal.
Common Hand Injuries:
Sprains refer to injuries to a ligament. Ligaments are connected to bones and stabilize the joint in between them. Unlike muscles, they are very poorly supplied by blood. Hence, the healing process usually takes much longer. In most cases conservative treatment with splints, adjusted activity and physiotherapy is sufficient to restore full function.
Fractures are common to the hand/wrist and happen usually during sport or after a fall. Depending on the location and the severity of the fracture, treatment may be conservative or needs surgery. In both cases physiotherapy play an important role for recovery to help to regain full function of the hand and fingers.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve is compressed as it passes through an opening from the wrist to the hand called the carpal tunnel. Women develop carpal tunnel syndrome 3 times more frequently than men. Symptoms may be pain in the hand or altered sensation such as tingling and numbness. One of the common causes is repetitive movements of the wrist, especially when the wrist is bent inward. Swelling in this area also leads to compression of the nerve. The cause may be pregnancy, obesity, arthritis, certain thyroid conditions, diabetes.