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Hand Pain

Hand pain may be caused by a variety of different medical conditions. Because of this, hand pain could result in more serious health issues developing. 

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An SOS hand specialist can provide a diagnosis and personalized care plan for you or your loved one's hand pain. 

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Causes of Hand Pain

Hand pain causes include a wide variety of medical conditions. In addition, an injury from a sudden impact can also be a cause of hand pain, such as:

  • Sports injuries
  • Car accidents
  • Slip and fall

hand pain and hand doctors near syracuse ny from sosHand pain caused by these sudden injuries can cause a sprain or fracture. 

Medical conditions that can be a common cause of hand pain are detailed below. To learn more about a certain medical condition (including symptoms and treatment options) simply click on the name of the medical condition.

Whether you have an idea of what's causing your hand pain or you're not sure of the cause, it's important to see a hand doctor to ensure that your hand heals properly. This can help prevent further, long term health problems. The team at Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists includes the best hand doctors near Syracuse, NY and the surrounding regions. 

"Dr. Alan Lemley and his staff is the best. They listen to your concerns, they do the necessary tests to confirm and address your issue at hand as they detail the way they can resolve the issue in a professional and timely manner. I've had both my hands…done at his office and I would highly recommend if you have carpel tunnel or cubital tunnel."

- a satisfied SOS patient 

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What is Carpal Tunnel?

Carpal tunnel syndrome, also known as just "carpal tunnel," is a form of nerve pressure.

Understanding carpal tunnel syndrome starts with knowing what carpal tunnel is. Carpal tunnel is a part of the body that extends from the wrist to the end of the hand. Hand feeling and movement is controlled by the median nerve. The carpal tunnel becomes narrow and swells when pressure develops in the the median nerve.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Hand pain,
  • A burning feeling in the fingers and palm,
  • A tingling feeling in the fingers and palm,
  • Numb fingers and palms, especially at night

Additional symptoms may occur with severe cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, which may include:

  • Slower nerve impulses,
  • Numbness in the fingers,
  • Reduced coordination and strength, especially felt in the thumbs or a reduced ability to pinch

Permanent muscle damage and loss of some hand functions can occur with carpal tunnel syndrome if left untreated.

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Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome may be caused by many different things. This can include, but is not necessarily limited to:

  • Repetitive activity, like typing or other actions that are done when your hands are positioned lower than your wrist
  • Certain medical conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, hypothyroidism, or arthritis
  • Pregnancy

Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The SOS hand pain specialists are experienced in diagnosing and treating carpal tunnel syndrome patients. 

There are many ways to treat carpal tunnel. Certain carpal tunnel syndrome treatments are more appropriate match for certain patients, depending on the symptoms and severity of each patient. 

Resting and icing the wrist

One way to treat carpal tunnel syndrome is to apply ice to the affected wrist for 10 to 15 minutes on an hourly basis every day.

Resting wrists and hands as much as possible may also assist in hand pain relief.

While rest and ice can help with symptom relief for carpal tunnel syndrome, other treatments may be needed for long term hand pain relief. 

Adjusting Routine Behavior

Doing things differently when engaging in activities that make carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms worse can provide hand pain relief.

Having regular breaks for hand stretches can help relieve carpal tunnel related hand pain.

If a patients' carpal tunnel is associated with the tasks they perform at their job, like typing, patients may want to request permission to make changes to their workstation from their manager. 

If possible, patients with hand pain caused by carpal tunnel may also try alternating between hands when working on certain tasks. 

Good posture that includes avoiding rolling the shoulders forward may also assist in carpal tunnel syndrome symptom relief. 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment Options Can Include Steroids

Certain steroids may be a treatment option for some patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Steroids can be used to alleviate hand pain and reduce swelling.

Physical Therapy for Carpal Tunnel Treatment

The SOS team includes physical therapists who specialize in hand therapy. Our hand therapists are experienced in providing individualized care for carpal tunnel syndrome. An SOS therapist can create an exercise plan to reduce stress affecting the wrists and hands.

In addition, an SOS physical therapist may recommend yoga to provide symptom relief for carpal tunnel syndrome. 

Carpal Tunnel Surgery

If hand pain and other carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms is still an issue after other froms of treatment have been used, carpal tunnel surgery may be needed for appropriate symptom relief. 

SOS uses conservative treatments first for carpal tunnel syndrome. If carpal tunnel surgery is the best treatment option, patients can be confident in the total orthopedic care from SOS hand surgeons. 

SOS hand surgeons are experienced in carpal tunnel surgery. 

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SOS hand pain specialists can diagnose, care for and treat patients with carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. 

Whether you know carpal tunnel is the cause of you or your loved one's hand pain, or you or your loved one's hand pain is accompanied by other carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, an SOS hand pain specialist can provide needed diagnosis and treatment.

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What is a Ganglion Cyst?

A Ganglion cyst is a tumor that develops on top of a joint. A Ganglion cyst may also form in a way that covers a tendon, which refers to the tissue that connects muscle to bone. Similar to other cysts, a Ganglion cyst consists of a liquid sac that contains a gelatinous, thick substance. 

Ganglion cysts commonly form on the back of the hand at the wrist joint. Ganglion cycsts can also develop on the palm side of the wrist.

If you or a loved one suffer hand pain that sounds like it may be caused by a Ganglion cyst, an SOS hand pain doctor can help. 

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Symptoms of a Ganglion Cyst

Ganglion cyst symptoms include:

  • A bump that alters in size,
  • The cyst doesn't move and is soft,
  • Gradual or sudden swelling, which may reduce then come back later,
  • Hand pain,

In addition, some patients may experience no symptoms outside of the visible cyst. 


Causes of a Ganglion Cyst

Joint tissue damage is among the possible causes of a Ganglion cyst. This joint tissue damage can result in the joint breaking down, developing small cysts that eventually become one large cyst. 

Deformities in a joint capsule or tendon may also cause a Ganglion cyst, resulting in the joint tissue bulging.

Ganglion Cyst Treatment 

Some Ganglion cysts may disappear on their own; however, Ganglion cysts may also risk further complications. As it can be difficult to determine the severity and potential long term concerns related to a Ganglion cyst without a professional medical opinion, it's advisable to seek medical attention.

Some Ganglion cyst treatment options include:

  • Removing the liquid in the cyst with a needle, then applying an anti-inflammatory injection,
  • Ganglion cyst surgery to remove the cyst

Ganglion Cyst Surgery

If a doctor has used a needle to remove liquid from a Ganglion cyst and the cyst re-appears, removing the Ganglion cyst with surgery may be the best approach. In addition, patients with persistent hand pain or who have lost function in their hand or fingers may benefit most from Ganglion cyst surgery.

See an SOS Hand Pain Specialist About a Ganglion Cyst

The hand pain specialists at SOS are experienced in diagnosing, caring for and treating patients with a Ganglion cyst.

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What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a medical condition that causes inflammation of the joints. Understanding arthritis begins with understanding the different forms of arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is a condition where joint cartilage breaks down.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease affecting the joint lining. 

Hand pain is one symptom of arthritis of the hand (also referred to as "hand arthritis").

Hand Arthritis Symptoms

Hand arthritis symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Hand pain,
  • Swollen hands or fingers,
  • Loss of muscle function,
  • Joint stiffness,

If you or a loved one experience any of the above hand arthritis symptoms, you should see an SOS hand pain doctor. SOS hand doctors are experienced in diagnosing and caring for patients with hand arthritis. 

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Hand Arthritis Causes


Knowing the cause of hand arthritis starts with understanding what causes the different forms of arthritis.

The cause of osteoarthritis is wear and tear that affects joint cartilage. This wear and tear can be a cause of aging, or an injury or infection to the joint. 

When a patient's immune system targets a joint capsule's lining, rheumatoid arthritis develops. 

Some people are more likely to develop arthritis. Patients with a family history of arthritis are more likely to develop arthritis. In addition, as people age, the risk of developing arthritis increases. A history of injuries to joints can also make patients more likely to develop arthritis. Obese patients are also at a higher arthritis risk. 

Hand Arthritis Treatment

While hand arthritis does not have a cure, a hand pain doctor can help patient achieve a better quality of life as well as symptom relief.

Hand arthritis treatment options include:

  • Altering a patient's activities that worsen hand arthritis symptoms,
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine,
  • Hand therapy,
  • Steroid injections 

Hand Arthritis Surgery

If patients do not experience the symptom relief they're looking for, hand arthritis surgery may be their best option. While SOS uses conservative hand arthritis treatment first, an SOS hand surgeon can help improve a patient's quality of life.

Is You or Your Loved One's Hand Pain Caused by Hand Arthritis? Talk With an SOS Hand Doctor

The team of hand doctors and hand pain specialists at SOS can diagnose hand arthritis and develop a personal care plan. 

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Don't See the Condition That May Be Causing Your Hand Pain? SOS Can Still Help.

There is such a wide range of possible hand pain causes -- much more than could ever be covered in a single web page. The SOS hand doctors are experienced in helping people figure out the cause of their hand pain. Our hand doctors can also develop a care plan with treatment options that are personalized to the unique health needs of each patient. 

If you or a loved one are experiencing hand pain, help is available at SOS.

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