Temporary Hand Pain or Arthritis? What You Need to Know

Arthritis Pain TreatmentWith millions of people spending more and more time sitting at desks and typing on laptops, tablets, and smartphone keyboards, some degree of hand pain or stiffness in the fingers and wrists from time to time is normal.  However, if pain and stiffness persist over time, and are accompanied by swelling and problems with flexibility and mobility, it can be a sign of a nerve or joint issue, such as arthritis, that could require medical attention.

Signs You May Have Arthritis

Nearly 40 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe, and the most common symptoms of hand arthritis include:

  • Isolated joint pain
  • Limited or loss of motion in the affected joint
  • Swelling, redness, and tenderness in the joints
  • Grinding, cracking, or clicking of the joints resulting from wearing down of the cartilage

Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Like arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome is a very common condition that affects anywhere from 4 – 10 million Americans. It is a nerve injury that is typically very treatable. The most common symptoms include:

  • Numbness, pain, and tingling in the wrists, fingers, forearm, hands, or thumbs.
  • Cramping, muscle fatigue and weakness, clumsiness, or muscle spasms

Signs of Trigger Finger

Trigger finger and trigger thumb are a type of repetitive motion injury that cause the affected thumb or finger to lock in a bent position. The most common arthritis symptoms are:

  • Popping and snapping sensation with movement of the affected thumb or finger
  • Pain, stiffness, and soreness at the base of the thumb or in the palm, and while bending the affected finger or thumb.
  • Lump in the palm of the hand
  • Locking of the affected thumb or finger in a bent position (in severe cases)
  • Inability to fully flex the finger or thumb

Hand surgeon in Phoenix

If you are experiencing symptoms of arthritis, or other types of hand pain and wrist injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome or trigger thumb, contact board certified hand surgeon Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice at (480) 526-5106 to schedule an appointment at the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute today!