Sensations of stiffness in the hand can be a sign of serious pain. Let’s learn how to spot which ones.
Why do I have a sensation of stiffness in my hand ?
It’s not unusual to have an unpleasant feeling in your hand. It can be stiff with pain. It can also affect the wrist. The sensation of stiffness in the hand can be a sign. Hand pain can happen at any time and affect anyone.
Do not neglect these ailments which can hide more serious pathologies. Find out why you are experiencing stiffness in your hands.
Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
If you are experiencing pain and a decreased range of motion in your hand, with the knuckles locking up, then you may be suffering from arthritis. Arthritis is one of the leading causes of pain and stiffness in the joints of the hands. In some cases, it needs carpal tunnel surgery in order to treat it properly. It is an inflammation of the joint; which can affect one or more joints. Arthritis can be caused by activities that require repetitive movements such as typing on a computer.
Stiffness, pain and redness of the joint are usually symptoms of this condition.
Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, is a generative disease, which many make the mistake of diagnosing with arthritis. Whereas with arthritis, your hand is sore at night and rather stiff in the morning; this is not the case with osteoarthritis. Hand and wrist movements cause you pain. Over time, osteoarthritis can evolve and cause deformities in the joints of the hand.
These two conditions are among the most common pathologies that can affect the joints of the hand. To be on the safe side, always ask for a consultation when you notice stiffness in the hand.
Tendonitis and Trigger Finger
Tendonitis is another condition that can play a role in the health of the joints of the hands. When you suffer from tendonitis, you feel stiffness, or even swelling, in your wrist or thumb joint. You will then experience pain in that area.
Tendonitis can be a symptom of another condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis. With a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan or an ultrasound scan, a proper diagnosis can be made.
As for the trigger finger or trigger thumb, it is a condition characterized by a finger that is blocked. You cannot pull it down after folding it up, and you often use your other hand to do so. The trigger finger is the result of an inflammation of the tendons in the joints during flexion and extension movements. This inflammation can cause a lump that forms in the joint and prevents movement of the finger. There are many ways to treat a raised finger or tendinitis. To do this, you must first consult a specialist.