Reasons for Hand Pain

1. Carpal tunnel syndrome

Is a fairly common condition that causes pain, numbness and a tingling in the hand and fingers, predominantly the thumb, index, middle and half the ring finger. This is a progressive condition caused by compression of the nerve that controls movement and sensation of the hand and fingers.

What can I do to relieve the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Rest from aggravating factors and wrist splints can be helpful. Surgery is only considered in severe cases where conservative treatment has not prevailed in 6 months.

2. De Quervain’s disease

Is a painful condition that affects the tendons that run through a tunnel on the thumb side of the wrist. The sheath surrounding the tendon becomes swollen and thick, and movements of the thumb will become painful. The exact cause still isn’t entirely understood, the condition differs from tendinitis as it is not associated with inflammation.

What can I do to relieve the symptoms of De Quervain’s Disease?

Avoiding the activity that triggered the condition will help with the pain and a wrist splint may be of some use. As with carpal tunnel syndrome it’s only severe cases that require surgery.

3. Trigger finger or thumb

Trigger finger is a condition that affects the tendons of the hand. When the affected finger or thumb is flexed, the tendon gets stuck and the finger clicks or locks. This problem can cause pain, stiffness, clicking and a small lump in the palm at the bottom of the finger being affected or the thumb.


Whilst you wait for one of our team to get in touch with you initial treatment will be aimed at pain relief. Applying ice for 20 minutes every hour where possible will help with this as will avoiding any aggravating or repetitive activities

4. Tenosynovitis Tenosynovitis

Is a condition that is caused by inflammation of the sheath that surrounds a tendon. It’s a fairly uncommon cause of hand pain that can affect the wrist or the fingers. It is suggested that this condition is brought on by a series of micro tears to the tendon, as a result of a previous strain, rheumatoid arthritis or an infection.

What Can I do to relieve the symptoms of Tenosynovitis?

It’s important to rest the hand or keep the tendons still, to allow recovery. You might be able to relieve the pain and inflammation by applying heat or cold to the area