If your hands struggle opening jars or buttoning shirts, doctors say there are treatment options available to help alleviate the pain. “I see a lot of patients come in with a wide variety of symptoms from pain to numbness to tingling. It’s things that they have been living with for years that could’ve been addressed,” said Dr. Christopher Myer, an orthopedic surgeon with Lee Health.
From numbness to tingling, Dr. Myer says there are many factors that could be causing you to have pain in your hands-- like tendon problems, irritated nerves, or arthritis. “Often with arthritis, it can be age-related. It can be post-traumatic. Things like numbness and tingling can be from irritated nerves in their hands or arms that are giving them dysfunction of their hands that aren’t allowing them to live a normal daily life,” said Dr. Myer.
Regardless of the diagnosis, patients can typically choose between having conservative treatments or surgery. “I really put it together with how much they are affected, how much pain they’re having, how dysfunctional is their hand or their arm,” he said.
Conservative treatments can include splints, injections, anti-inflammatory medicines or creams, or therapy, depending on the problem. “They don’t have to come in with a specific diagnosis, in fact, most patients come in without a diagnosis,” Dr. Myer said.
Doctors will work to determine the cause of pain and best treatment to help patients regain strength in their hands.