Hand Pain

Hand Pain

Hand pain is quite a common problem. The hand is built of many bones, joints, ligaments and muscles, so it is no surprise that so many people feel soreness in the hand. Sometimes aching can come and go quickly, while other times hand pain can linger for longer than expected, affecting your day to day living. We use our hands for many of our everyday activities, so when a problem occurs it can be debilitating as well as extremely frustrating.

The fingers, thumbs, and knuckles are all considered part of the hand. Sometimes it can be hard to determine where exactly pain in the hand is coming from as it can radiate throughout the fingers and even sometimes back up towards the wrist and forearm.

Common Symptoms

  • Pain in the fingers that is dull, stabbing, sharp, or electrical in nature
  • Numbness, tingling or weakness in the hand or fingers
  • Pain or stiffness when using the fingers to pinch, or open something (such as a jar, a doorknob, or turning a key)
  • Reduced ability to grip or hold objects
Common Conditions That Cause Hand Pain

Hand Osteoarthritis

Hand osteoarthritis is progressive wear and tear on the joints, causing the cartilage that acts as a lubricant to break down, resulting in inflammation and pain.

Discomfort felt in the joints of the finger can often be due to osteoarthritis. The thumb is the most common location of osteoarthritis in the hand. However, osteoarthritis can also occur at the base of the finger, the knuckle finger joint, or the joint closest to the end of the finger.

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Internal Scar Tissue

Internal Scar Tissue is a thick, tough, fibrous material that the body creates to quickly repair a damaged tissue such as muscles and tendons. It can build up in any area of the body where there has been internal and/or external damage. Internal Scar tissue is a very common cause of recurring or chronic pain after sport or work injuries, after surgery and it also often intermixes with Osteoarthritis.

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Dupuytren’s Contracture

A contracture of the tissues on the palm of the hand causing the fingers to bend and unable to fully straighten.


Small tears in the tendon that cause inflammation, swelling and pain, as well as weakness and decreased range of motion.

Soft Tissue Injury

Irritation or damage to the muscles, tendons and/or ligaments in the hand from trauma or repetitive stress.

Hand Fracture

A break in one or more bones of the hand.

Trigger Finger (Stenosing Tenosynovitis)

Trigger finger is a finger or thumb that becomes stuck or locked in a bent position. In less severe cases of trigger finger, the finger will feel stuck in the bent position and then pop or crack when straightened. While more severe cases of trigger finger cause the finger to be locked in a bent position unable to fully extend the finger.

Trigger finger happens when the tendon sheath becomes inflamed and/or swollen. The tendon sheath acts as a tunnel that protects the tendon of the finger. Normally, the tendon slides in and out of the sheath as the finger bends and straightens; however, a tendon of a trigger finger will get stuck when moving out of the sheath while bending the finger.

Trigger finger can be very sore and painful in the base of the finger. It is typically caused by a finger injury or repetitive strain. It can also be caused by arthritis or gout.

Knuckle Pain

The knuckle is covered by a very thin layer of tissues which leaves it vulnerable to injury. Injury is the most common cause of knuckle pain. A knuckle injury can be caused by excessive force of the knuckle colliding with a hard surface, being crushed between hard objects, or overuse of the hands. Osteoarthritis can also be a cause of soreness in the knuckle.

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is inflammation and swelling of the tendon and the surrounding tendon sheath at the base of the thumb. Typical symptoms are pain or soreness on the thumb side of the wrist, visible swelling on the outside of the thumb, and difficulty moving the thumb or pinching objects.
Cold Laser Therapy for Hand Pain
Cold Laser Therapy Hand Pain Treatment: Step 1

Cold Laser Therapy Hand Pain Treatment: Step 1

Cold Laser Therapy Hand Pain Treatment: Step 2

Cold Laser Therapy Hand Pain Treatment: Step 2

Cold Laser Therapy Hand Pain Treatment: Step 3

Cold Laser Therapy Hand Pain Treatment: Step 3

Decreases Inflammation: Speeds up the body's natural inflammation phase and induces the repair phase of healing.

Removes Internal Scar Tissue: Inhibits and removes Internal Scar Tissue that naturally forms from injury or repetitive strain, causing discomfort and a delay in healing.

Regenerates Muscle Tissue: Transfers light energy to the affected cells of muscle, regenerating and strengthening damaged muscle tissue to prevent future injury.

Activates Cartilage Production: Promotes the natural cartilage growth process by increasing the production of cellular energy (ATP).

Accelerates Bone Repair: Simulates the bone cells to replicate and produce new healthy bone tissue.

Nerve Regeneration: Helps damaged nerves to recover by growing the neural network and repairing vital insulation around the nerve.

Stimulates Blood Flow: Increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients required for healing of the affected cells.

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