Hand Hand Conditions Hand Pain

Best Ways to Cope With Hand Pain

from Harvard Health Letter

Hand pain becomes common as we get older. Tingling and numbness, aching or locking joints, and difficulty grasping objects are frequent complaints. But don’t make your own diagnosis and suffer in silence. “It’s difficult to discern between different types of hand pain. Some have overlapping symptoms,” says Dr. Sang-Gil Lee, a hand surgeon at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Lee advises that you seek treatment as soon as possible for persistent hand pain, before it gets so advanced that it’s tough to use your hands for even the simplest jobs, like brushing your teeth or buttoning a shirt.

The following are common types of hand pain and their treatments.


Osteoarthritis is the wearing away of cartilage in the joints. Any joint is susceptible. However, in the fingers, it’s typically the last joint before the fingernail that’s affected. On the thumb, it’s usually the joint at the base of the hand. Symptoms include stiffness and pain that goes away with rest. “What causes pain is the restriction of gliding motion. It causes inflammation,” explains Dr. Lee. To diagnose osteoarthritis, your doctor may order an x-ray to look at the bones.

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  • Marian Coetzee
    February 6, 2019 at 2:17 AM

    Out of my 10 fingers , I only have 4 that can stil bend. The rest are completely stiff, joint bone on bone grone together very little use and very painfull. My mothers started in her middle 60. Mine started @ 40 yrs and were very aggressive. I had cortizone injections in jounts while there were still fluid between jounts, there after I was told they cannot help me anymore. I live in SA. My son works for the state of Massachutes, we were there for 6 weeks over Chritsmas. Would stemmcel treatment be an option for me? I will ge 67yrs tomorrow 7/2? I also suffer with Fibromialgia and do not have a good quality life day to day. I lived a healthy livestyle with my diet as well as 3/4 excercises weekly until 6 years ago. My hands cannot make a fist, therefore I cannot hold onto weights or other equipment. 27 yrs of 24/7 excruciating pain is realy taking its toll.
    Please help? Thank you

  • August 3, 2017 at 2:03 AM

    Osteoarthritis joints pain are chronic and severe naturally. I would like to say to add that doing exercise with natural medicines will be the best remedy for it.
    And many thanks to you for sharing an informative post with us.

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