Hand Pain

Doran Barton fozz at iodynamics.com
Wed Aug 30 21:28:42 MDT 2006


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Jeffrey Moss wrote:
> Does anybody else get pain in the fingers? What caused it and
> what'd you do about it? I went to a doctor last year for debilitating
> pain in my hands (mostly my right index finger), he said it was
> tendonitis and gave me steroids, which helped me recover but this pain
> in my index finger never went away. I've been thinking it's either a
> pinched nerve or permanant tendon damage or something. Any thoughts?

Most of the time, it seems, tingling, pain, or numbness in the hand, wrists,
and palms occur in people like us because of the inflammation or bulking-up
of tendons and muscle in the joints.

As you use your fingers to type, for example, you're doing a lot of
repetitive motions and, just like working out with weights, it bulks up
ligaments, muscles, etc. As these bulk up, they can crowd in on nerves and
bone- causing nerve compression.

One solution is to get surgery that chips away the bone in these areas so the
expansion doesn't compress any nerves.

Another solution is to do regular stretching to pull those ligaments,
tendons, and muscles so they're not so packed in one place.

I used to experience a variety of pain from typing so much about 12-14 years
ago when I was in college. I ran across some articles that outlined some
simple stretches you can do to alleviate the pain.

One is like this: Stand facing a desk or table. Place your hands flat on the
top surface with your fingers pointing back at you. Slowly press down with
your body weight. Try to put your hands flat against the top surface. You
should feel everything in your lower arm stretching right away- clear up to
your elbow.

Another exercise is this: While holding the remaining fingers back, curl the
other finger toward your palm.

Hold these stretches for a good amount of time like 10-20 seconds each.

If you can get into the habit of doing some of these stretches once an hour
or once every half hour, you should feel a big difference.

Anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen may help as well.

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