Hands are made up of various complex structures (involves bones, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and skin) which allow your body to perform a complex variety of activities. Hands help us to perform both delicate as well as aggressive lifting. There is an array of complex conditions which could result in hand pain. There could be a number of reasons why your arm hurts. Evaluation of hand pain requires a careful history of the problem, an examination by an individual with knowledge of the complex function of the hand, and possibly studies that can image or test the function of the hand. Arm pain is usually described as pain, stiffness or discomfort that occurs anywhere from ones shoulders down to their fingers of both the arms, caused by an injury or overuse. Some of these more common causes of hand pain, and the treatment have been discussed further.
As above, hand pain could be caused by various factors, but the vast majority of the people share common specific problems. Some of the more common causes include:
Most hand conditions will respond to a few simple treatments. By avoiding the activity, symptoms of inflammation can subside, and discomfort will often resolve with rest, time, and no further treatment. In situations where the pain is more significant and rest does not adequately control symptoms, a simple splint or brace will allow the hand to rest and the inflammation to subside.Ice is a useful tool to control inflammation and alleviate pain. By applying ice to an area of inflammation, you can reduce swelling while also controlling pain. Heat application often works well too. Many people with recurrent hand problems find the heat soothes and loosens up their hand. Hand therapists are therapy experts of the hand. Often trained in occupational therapy, these specialists have many different modalities that can be applied to a variety of hand.
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