When To See a Doctor For Hand Pain
Usually, hand pain doesn’t indicate that there’s something wrong with you. Some common causes of hand pain are: overuse, hand injury, and arthritis.
In some cases, hand pain may be dangerous to leave untreated, and you should seek a medical professional. First, your doctor may recommend conservative treatment methods at home.
Here are some things you can try.
● Rotate your wrists clockwise for one full circle, and then repeat it counterclockwise, do that 10 times.
● Open your fingers as wide as you can, and then bring them together in a tight fist, repeat that 10 times.
● Use the RICE method: rest, ice (for 20 minutes, multiple times daily), compression (wrap your hand with a bandage or something similar), elevation (try to restrict the blood flow to your hand by keeping it up, most people use a sling).
● Massage the area where it hurts, along with your shoulders and arms.
● Alternate heat and cold packs on the area where it hurts (20 minutes each).
There is a good chance that you will get rid of your hand pain after regularly following the aforementioned techniques for a few days. However, there are a few signs that indicate that maybe you should go to the doctor for your problem:
● The hand pain is accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, headaches or fatigue.
● The hand pain doesn’t respond to home remedies, or it gets worse.
● You have recently had an accident in which your hand was injured.
● Your doctor has recommended a treatment which doesn’t reduce the pain.
● Your hand pain is chronic.
● Your hand pain worsens over time.
Lastly, if you suspect your hand is broken, if you have a visible hand injury, or if the pain is intense and unbearable, go to the emergency room.
If you are concerned that your hand pain has been long-lasting and/or is due to an injury you have, schedule a consultation with Dr. Yospur.
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