Four types of hand pain treatment

We use our hands to accomplish nearly any everyday task, so it makes sense that hand pain is one of the most debilitating issues anyone can deal with. Whether you’re driving a car, getting dressed in the morning, preparing a meal or typing a message on your phone, hand pain can make all of these tasks feel difficult or even impossible. 

Hand pain can have a number of causes, including arthritis, nerve damage, traumatic injury and repetitive motion injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. While chronic hand pain can be frustrating, it’s important to keep a positive attitude regarding potential treatment options. Among other methods of relief, physical therapy can be an effective way to overcome hand pain and regain function for a better quality of life. 

To help you gain deeper insight into this process, we’ve created this overview of specific ways a physical therapist can provide hand pain treatment. We welcome your questions and encourage you to contact our friendly staff if you’d like to learn more. 

1. Stretching 

No matter what the cause of hand pain, stiffness and tightness often accompany the pain itself and can be related to decreased dexterity. A physical therapist can perform stretches on the hand as well as provide instruction on active stretches that patients can do themselves. The objective is to loosen up stiff joints and soft tissue and also increase blood flow to the area. 

2. Strengthening exercises

Simple exercises like making a tight fist or performing finger lifts can strengthen your hands, which can take pressure off of joints, connective tissue and nerves that are so often the source of hand pain. 

3. Manual therapy

Physical therapists are experts in using their hands to provide hand pain treatment. By using techniques like joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization and myofascial release, therapists can relax the hands and break up painful bundles of tissue that decrease mobility and functionality. 

4. Dry needling 

Dry needling involves the insertion of thin needles into strategic areas of the body. The goal of this type of treatment is to relieve pain by stimulating blood flow to the area while also releasing endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain relievers. 

Hand pain treatment at Back in Motion

At Back in Motion, our number one priority is treating everyone who comes to us on an individualized basis by creating a customized care plan based on your specific diagnosis and medical history. 

Hand pain doesn’t have to run your life. If you’d like to start your hand pain treatment journey, contact us today to schedule your initial appointment.