Hand osteoarthritis is a prevalent musculoskeletal disease and is one of the biggest contributors of hand pain and ailments. It doesn’t just affect elderly individuals; it can also occur during early adulthood.
However, while osteoarthritis of the hands affects a huge chunk of the Canadian population, it isn’t the only ailment that causes immense hand pain. Here are three other musculoskeletal conditions that may be aggravating pain and discomfort in your limbs.
De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is an inflammatory condition of the two tendons near the base of your thumb. When these get irritated, they swell up. This, in turn, exerts pressure on the surrounding nerves. The result is immense pain, tenderness, and numbness at the area near the base of your thumb.
You can identify De Quervain’s tenosynovitis through the following symptoms:
- Wrist pain near the thumb
- Swelling at base of the thumb
- Difficulty in pinching, gripping, or holding things
- Popping sensation experienced upon thumb movement.
Trauma or heavy impact on your hand or fingers can cause ligament injuries. In these, the fibrous network of protein connecting the muscles to the bone (ligaments) is bent, strained, or torn. As a result, they become sore and stiff, causing a hindrance in your hand motions.
If you sustain a ligament injury, you’ll have difficulty performing simple tasks such as gripping or holding things with the affected hand. You may also have trouble bending your fingers or stretching them. Furthermore, there may also be swelling and stiffness around your fingers, wrist, or palm. You’ll still be able to move your hand, but the movement will be restricted.
Also known as trigger finger or trigger thumb, stenosing tenosynovitis is an inflammatory condition of the fingers. In this, the finger or thumb gets “locked” in a bent position and you’re unable to stretch or move it. It may then straighten suddenly with a snap.
The condition is quite painful, and interferes with your finger movement and hand motion. It’s caused by an irritation of the tendon sheath surrounding the muscle bands in your fingers, affecting their gliding motion. When this happens, you may experience pain in the affected finger as well as the rest of the hand.
Stenosing tenosynovitis causes finger stiffness, pain at the base of the thumb or finger, and difficulty in performing hand motion. You may also notice tenderness and the formation of tiny bumps on your palm.
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