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Hand & Wrist Pain

  Bob and Brad can tell you, most of the time our body movements do not cause problems, but it's not surprising that symptoms occur from everyday wear and tear or from overuse. Finger, hand, or wrist problems can also be caused by injuries or the natural process of aging.

  Your fingers, hands, or wrists may burn, sting, hurt, or feel tired, sore, stiff, numb, tingly , hot, or cold. Maybe you can't move them as well as usual, or they are swollen. Perhaps your hands have turned a different color, such as red, pale, or blue. A lump or bump might have appeared on your wrist, palm, or fingers. Home treatment is often all that is needed to relieve your symptoms. Bob and Brad have designed the following videos to help you ease some of these symptoms of everyday hand, wrist and finger pains.  


Videos in this series include: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Causes, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Causes, Grip Strengthening: Simple device to make at home.


Other common hand or wrist issues:

Tendonitis of the wrist: Tendonitis of the wrist is an irritation and swelling of the tissue or "tunnel" which surrounds the tendons of the thumb. Pain in the front of the wrist is a common symptom of tendonitis. Bending and extending the wrist is usually painful; there may be swelling in the wrist. If the hand is made into a fist with the thumb tucked inside and the pain gets worse the diagnosis is likely tendonitis.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by repetitive motion, injury, or inflammatory types of arthritis.

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De Quervain's disease is swelling and inflammation of the tendons and the tendon sheath on the thumb side of the wrist.  

The exact cause of de Quervain's disease is not known. It may occur from injury to the wrist or tendon. Or it may occur as a result of activities that require repeated wrist and thumb movements, such as knitting, wringing clothes, or lifting heavy objects. 

Symptoms may include swelling, a grating feeling in the wrist, and pain and weakness along the thumb, wrist, and forearm. Pain increases with activities such as lifting or pouring. 

or toes to bend so that they cannot be straightened. 


Ganglions are small sacs (cysts) filled with clear, jelly like fluid. They often appear as bumps on the hand and wrists, but they can also develop on the feet, ankles, knees, or shoulders. A ganglion can grow out of a joint capsule, which surrounds and protects the joint or out of the tendon sheath, which covers the tendon (the rope like fibers connecting muscles to bone) Most people with ganglions notic that the bumps appear suddenly. 


Diabetes is a lifelong condition in which sugar (glucose) remains in the blood rather than entering the body’s cells to be used for energy. This results in persistently high blood sugar, which, over time, can damage many body systems. 

Symptoms of diabetes include increased thirst and frequent urination (especially at night); unexplained increase in appetite; unexplained weight loss; fatigue; erection problems; blurred vision; and tingling, burning, or numbness in the hands or feet. 

People who have diabetes are at increased risk for many serious health problems, including hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and heart problems, eye problems that can lead to blindness, circulation and nerve problems, and kidney disease and kidney failure. 

Pregnant women with uncontrolled diabetes have an increased risk of miscarriage and birth defects. 

Diabetes is treated with diet and lifestyle changes and with medicines (such as insulin or oral medicines). If blood sugar levels are kept within the recommended range, the risk for many complications from diabetes decreases. 


Osteo arthritis is a condition in which the cartilage that protects and cushions the joints breaks down over time. Eventually,the bones-formerly separated by the cartilage-rub against each other, resulting in damage to the tissue and underlying bone and causing painful joint symptoms. 

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is a major cause of disability in older adults. It most often affects the spine, fingers, thumbs, hips, knees, or toes. 


Pain, commonly in the fingers, thumbs, hips, or knees but also in the spine and toes. The pain is usually related to activity of the joint and is worse at the end of the day or after periods of activity. As the disease progresses, pain is present even during rest. The symptoms of osteoarthritis can usually be successfully managed with medicine and home treatment. Although osteoarthritis unsally gets worse, in some cases symptoms may not get worse or may even improve slightly with time. Joint replacement surgery ay be necessary in severe cases. 


Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammation of the membranes or tissues lining the joints. Over time, rheumatoid arthritis may destroy the joint tissues, including cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bone, and, in rare but severe cases, may cause organ damage. 


Lupus is a long -lasting autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks normal body tissues as though they were foreign substances. It may cause joint pain.  


     Gout is an inflammatory joint disease that causes acute pain and swelling. It is a form of arthritis that develops when uric acid crystals form in and around the joints, commonly affecting the big toe joint 

     Raynaud's phenomenon is a condition in which some areas of the body, usually the fingers or toes, have an extreme response to cold temperature or emotional stress. During an attack of Raynaud's, the blood vessels in the affected areas tighten, severely limiting the flow of blood to the skin, causing numbness, tingling, swelling, pain, and pale color 

     Infection can cause pain, redness, and swelling that occur with red streaking, heat, fever, or the drainage of pus. An infection often causes tenderness to the touch or pain with movement at the site of the infection. 

Bob and Brad agree there are a number of conditions that cause wrist and hand pain. We haven't even listed them all and we don't have videos on them all either but we are working hard to provide you with the best ways to ease pain and discomforts in the wrist and hand and hopefully some of the techniques featured in our videos will help you. If it doesn't we suggest seeing a physician who can recommend a Physical Therapist in your area. We are also adding videos weekly so stop back as we try to cover all the areas of pain and how to treat them. We really do appreciate your visiting our website and we strive to keep you coming back with the latest up to date therapy techniques.