Treatments for Hand Pain
When hand pain, stiffness and weakness interfere with our ability to perform everyday tasks, it’s time to reach out to the compassionate experts at Balcones Pain Consultants for proper treatment. Treatments for hand pain depend on the underlying cause or condition and might include splinting, oral or topical medications, joint or tendon injections, or surgery.
Treatment for Hand Pain Due to Irritated, Inflamed Tendons
Carpal tunnel syndrome and De Quervain’s tendinitis are two common forms of tendinitis that cause pain in the hand and wrist. Treatment for both these conditions might involve splinting of the hand or wrist along with medications like NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) or oral corticosteroids to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Steroid injections into the affected area might also be part of the treatment plan. Some people will need surgery to relieve pain if their condition is severe or long-lasting enough.
Treatment for Hand Pain Due to Inflammatory Conditions
Arthritis pain in the hands can be treated in a variety of ways that often work best when implemented in combination. Regardless of the particular type of arthritis—whether osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or another form of the condition—NSAIDs can help relieve pain and inflammation, as can the administration of steroid injections directly into the joints. Hand splints can also contribute to reducing hand and finger pain from arthritis. Stress management, avoiding foods that trigger inflammation and eating foods that help reduce inflammation can also play a significant role in managing arthritic hand pain.
Pain from trigger finger (a condition also known as stenosing tenosynovitis) can be treated with splinting, NSAIDs and steroid injections. Heat applications to the affected area can also help with treatment. The earlier the treatment of trigger finger, the better the outcome. For this reason, it’s important to have this condition diagnosed as soon as possible so you can begin the proper treatment promptly.
Hand Pain Due to Injuries to the Hands, Wrists or Fingers
Hand pain that is caused by fractures or broken bones in the hands, wrists or fingers can be treated with immobilization in a cast or splint along with pain medication. Some people may require a nerve block to numb the nerves at the site of injury, thereby reducing or eliminating pain. Elevating the injured hand whenever possible can also help reduce pain. Sometimes, injuries to the hands, wrists or fingers require treatment with antibiotics to avoid infection; these medications will also assist in avoiding pain that would stem from infection.
It is common to continue to feel pain in the hand or fingers following a break or other injury, even after the injury has healed. Treatment for this residual pain might involve pain medications along with modified activity, physical therapy, massage or special exercises to prevent stiffness in the hand, wrist or fingers. Lingering pain following the recovery period after a hand injury should resolve on its own over time if specific physical therapy and other instructions are carefully followed.
Your care provider at Balcones Pain Consultants will provide you with a hand pain treatment plan that is tailored to your individual condition and symptoms. When appropriate, your plan will include detailed instructions for ongoing pain management at home.
Videos About Potential Hand Pain Treatments
- Intrathecal Pump Implant
- Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant
- Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant (Trial Procedure)
- Trigger Point Injections