We use our hands for nearly everything. When stiff hands come about, it prevents us from doing daily activities that we take for granted. If a hand becomes stiff, it can be a variety of issues, some more serious than others. Here are five potential causes of stiff hands:
- Arthritis: There are many different types of arthritis that can affect the hands, including thumb arthritis, MP joint arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Fractures: A hand fracture is a medical term for a broken hand. Even if you can still move the hand, it may be broken.
- Dislocations: Any upper extremity dislocation can cause hands to feel stiff.
- Bad sprains: A thumb sprain is an example of an injury that could cause stiffness.
- Tendon and muscle injuries: Extensor tendon injuries can happen due to an injury or even a cut on the hand. Flexor tendon injuries can happen from a deep cut.
Be sure to see a hand surgeon if you are feeling stiffiness in the hands. Your doctor may recommend stretching, splints or a cast, or even surgery. The treatment that’s right for you depends on your situation. Visit www.HandCare.org to find a hand surgeon.