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Wrist and Fingers

Pain Medicine & Physical Rehabilitation Specialists located in Orange, CA

Wrist and Fingers
Wrist and Fingers services offered in Orange, CA

Wrist and finger pain refers to discomfort or soreness experienced in the wrist joint and/or the fingers. It can range from a mild ache to sharp or throbbing pain and can significantly impact daily activities and hand function.

Wrist and Fingers Q & A

What is Wrist and Finger Pain?

Wrist and finger pain can stem from various causes and understanding the risk factors, causes, and symptoms is crucial for proper diagnosis and effective management.

What are the Risk Factors for Wrist and Finger Pain?

Several factors can increase the risk of developing wrist and finger pain, including:

  • Repetitive motions: Engaging in activities or occupations that involve repetitive hand and wrist movements, such as typing, playing musical instruments, or assembly line work, can strain the tendons and joints, leading to pain.
  • Occupational hazards: Jobs that require forceful gripping, vibration, or exposure to repetitive impact, such as construction work or using power tools, can increase the risk of wrist and finger pain.
  • Age-related conditions: Conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout that commonly occur with age can cause inflammation, stiffness, and pain in the wrist and finger joints.
  • Injury or trauma: Accidents, sports-related injuries, or falls can lead to sprains, fractures, or dislocations in the wrist and finger joints, resulting in pain.
  • Poor ergonomics: Incorrect positioning of the hands, wrists, or fingers while working or using tools can strain the muscles and tendons, contributing to pain.
  • Certain sports activities: Participating in sports that involve repetitive hand and wrist movements, such as tennis, golf, or weightlifting, can increase the risk of wrist and finger pain.
  • Systemic conditions: Medical conditions like diabetes, hypothyroidism, or peripheral neuropathy can affect nerve function and contribute to wrist and finger pain.

What are the Causes of Wrist and Finger Pain?

Wrist and finger pain can have various underlying causes, including:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: Compression of the median nerve in the wrist can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the wrist, palm, and fingers.
  • Tendonitis: Inflammation of the tendons in the wrist or fingers, often due to overuse or repetitive motions, can result in pain and swelling.
  • Wrist sprain or strain: Stretching or tearing of the ligaments or muscles in the wrist can cause pain, swelling, and limited mobility.
  • Arthritis: Different types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, can lead to joint inflammation, stiffness, and pain in the wrist and fingers.
  • Fractures or dislocations: A broken bone or dislocated joint in the wrist or finger can cause severe pain, swelling, and difficulty in moving the affected area.
  • Ganglion cysts: Noncancerous lumps filled with fluid can develop on the wrist or finger joints, causing pain and limited range of motion.
  • Trigger finger: A condition where the finger gets stuck or locked in a bent position due to inflammation or thickening of the tendon sheath.
  • De Quervain's tenosynovitis: Inflammation of the tendons in the thumb side of the wrist can result in pain and difficulty in gripping or pinching.

What are the Symptoms of Wrist and Finger Pain?

The symptoms of wrist and finger pain may vary depending on the underlying cause, but common signs and symptoms include:

  • Pain or discomfort in the wrist joint or fingers
  • Swelling, redness, or warmth in the affected area
  • Stiffness or limited range of motion
  • Weakness or instability in the wrist or fingers

How can Wrist and Finger Pain be diagnosed?

The cause of exact wrist and finger pain can be challenging to identify as symptoms of all problems cause similar signs.

For further examination, several imaging tests are available including:

  • Reviewing medical history and symptoms
  • Physical examination to assess joint tenderness, swelling, and pain level 
  • Kinetisense, an Artificial Intelligence tool to assess range of motion
  • Imaging tests such as X-rays, MRIs, or ultrasounds to visualize joint damage or inflammation
  • Blood tests to identify markers of inflammation or specific antibodies in the case of autoimmune arthritis

What are the services provided by InnovateMed Medical Group?

  • Joint injections, Peptide therapy, Prolotherapy, etc to the affected area.
  • OMT (osteopathic manipulative treatment) to help with tendonitis; involves soft-tissue stretching (fascial release), localized isometric contraction-relaxation (muscle energy), positional or facilitative relaxation (counter strain and balanced ligamentous tension), and gentle techniques to balance motion in the skull (cranial osteopathy).
  • Physical rehab focuses on strengthening the joints to help recover and improve the range of motion.