Our fellowship-trained hand doctors at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists are recognized leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of hand injuries and conditions.
Hand pain can be the result of a condition that has developed over time, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis, or of a recent finger injury from an accidental fall, such as a fracture or jam. In some cases, and if not detected early, conditions such as carpal tunnel, pressure caused by repetitive motions on the median nerve, may create severe pain in the fingers, thumb, hand, and forearm. The most frequent causes of pain in the hand can be related to a condition that has transpired over time. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of hand pain, it may be time to seek medical treatment from a hand doctor.
- Increased hand and arm pain,
- Finger joint pain when carrying, gripping, grasping, or twisting objects
- Swelling and discomfort in the hand or around the affected joint
- Changes in the surrounding joints—if you are experiencing thumb joint pain, your neighboring finger joints may become more mobile than normal
- Your hand, palm, and fingers may feel warm or appear red in color
- Hand numbness, tingling, or throbbing while resting or sleeping
- A sensation of grating or grinding in the affected joint—this is caused by damaged cartilage
- Developing cysts on the end joints of your fingers—this is caused by conditions such as arthritis.
At Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists, we understand that pain in the hand can make simple, everyday activities challenging.
To consult with one of our hand doctors, please request an appointment online, or call 509-344-HAND (4263).
Why choose Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists?
Our fellowship-trained hand surgeons at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists completed additional training specifically in the hand and wrist. With this advanced training, our hand surgeons, Dr. Horn, Dr. Janout, Dr. Lin, and Dr. Sestero, have the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your hand injury or condition individually to your needs.
To consult with one of our hand surgeons, please request an appointment online, or call 509-344-HAND (4263).
Once you have scheduled your appointment with one of our specialty-trained hand doctors, please use the links below to obtain our new patient forms and browse through our tips and suggestions on preparing for your appointment.
Tips for Healthy Joints
As the connections between your bones, joints will sustain a certain amount of wear and tear as we age. Remaining pain- and arthritis-free requires practicing good joint preservation techniques. The following techniques will help you to treat your joints with care as they age.
Every day, move each joint through its full range of motion to sustain mobility and freedom from pain. Make sure your movements are slow and gentle to avoid injury, and be careful not to overextend.
Be sure to extend and flex your joints in the manner for which they are intended. Avoid overextending or stressful positions as well as techniques that could put you at risk for injury.
The manner in which you carry your body has a significant impact on whether your joints will remain pain-free. Practice good posture by adjusting work spaces to your specifications. Avoid back pain by picking items up using your legs, not your lower back. When carrying heavy objects, be sure to cradle the items close to your body.
Favor the larger joints. Use the weaker joints for duties only they can handle. Using your hands, carry objects palm open to help distribute weight equally over your forearm. If available, make use of surfaces around you. Instead of lifting an object, slide the object across a surface like a table or work bench.
Avoid keeping your joints in the same position for a prolonged period of time. This will help to keep your joints from becoming stiff. In situations where this cannot be avoided, such as car rides, take a break every hour to stretch and adjust your seating position.