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There are many common hand problems that can interfere with daily life. There is no reason why you should stop many of your regular activities due to hand pain.
- Arthritis is joint inflammation and can occur in many areas of the hand and wrist. The pain associated with arthritis may be from many different sources, including inflammation of the joint lining (synovium), tendons and ligaments.
- Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease commonly seen with increasing age. This give hand stiffness, pain and swelling of the finger joints otherwise known as Herbeden's nodes.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve is compressed as it passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist, a narrow confined space. This give rise to pins & needles of the 3 fingers on the thumb side as well as vague pain.
- Ganglion cysts are benign, soft, fluid-filled cysts that can develop on the front or back of the hand for no apparent reason. Most ganglions are painless and resolve without any treatments. Some ganglions are painful and may need rest, anti-inflammatory medication (ibuprufen), steroid injections or very rarely sugery.
- Tendon problems of the hand include tendonitis and tenosynovitis. Tendonitis means inflammation of the tendons, when the tendons become irritated, swollen and painful. Tenosynovitis is the inflammation of the tendon sheaths, a lining enclosing the tendons. Sometimes both the sheath and the tendon can become inflamed simultaneously. De Quervain's syndrome and trigger finger are the common tendon problems seen in the hand.
Elbow and forearm pain is commonly associated with playing sports, heavy manual work such as gardening, lifting or moving and also trauma related to a fall. Elbow pain is commonly associated with
- Tendon problems such as Tennis or Golfer's elbow
- Simple sprain of the joint
- Bursitis around the elbow
- Repetitive strain injury following sports or manual work
There is no reason why you can't do your routine work or leisure activities because of elbow pain.
When do I see my GP?
- If you have had a fall and you think you have a broken bone
- If your elbow pain increases with general exercises such as walking or running it may be associated with a heart condition