Overuse and Repetitive Hand Injuries
“Overdoing” an activity or repeating the same activity can cause stress on the joint or tissues. These include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). A “pinched nerve” at the wrist, carpal tunnel is caused by increased pressure on the median nerve. The carpal tunnel itself is a space in the wrist where nerves and tendons pass from the hand to the arm. When pressure in the tunnel builds up from swelling, the nerves become pinched and cause numbness, tingling, and pain in the arm, hand, and fingers.
- Tendonitis. Caused by a series of very small tears (microtears) in the tissue in or around the tendon, tendonitis can cause pain, tenderness, decreased strength and movement.
- de Quervain syndrome. Patients with de Quervain syndrome have painful tendons on the thumb side of the wrist, especially when moving the hand and thumb or grasping and twisting. This condition occurs when soft tissues in the tunnel where the tendons run thicken, narrowing the tunnel and restricting tendon movement.
The hand surgery specialists at Oakland Regional Hospital treat these and many more conditions of the hands, fingers and wrists. If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or a decrease in function, click below to make an appointment for a consultation. Or, call the Appointment Hotline at 248-423-8484.