Common Hand Conditions Explained

carpal tunnel syndrome

Are you experiencing pain, tingling, or stiffness in your hands? You might be dealing with one of two common hand conditions: carpal tunnel syndrome or trigger finger. While these conditions can be bothersome, understanding their causes, symptoms, and treatment options can help you find relief and get back to your daily activities. Dr. Kade Lyman can assist with these issues and see you in the clinic for an initial visit, perform surgery, and see you for follow-up all right here in Kanab. Dr. Lyman is also accepting new patients for total joint replacement. You can contact KCH Specialty Group to schedule an appointment by calling 435-644-4115.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes compressed or squeezed at the wrist. This compression can result in symptoms such as numbness, tingling, weakness, or pain in the hand and fingers, particularly the thumb, index, and middle fingers. Factors such as repetitive hand movements, wrist injuries, arthritis, and certain health conditions (such as diabetes or thyroid disorders) can contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Trigger Finger

Trigger finger, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, is a condition characterized by the inflammation or thickening of the tendon sheath in the fingers or thumb. This inflammation can cause the affected finger to catch or lock in a bent position, making it difficult to straighten. Trigger finger may also be accompanied by pain, stiffness, or a popping sensation when moving the finger. Risk factors for trigger finger include repetitive gripping or grasping activities, arthritis, diabetes, and certain medical conditions affecting the tendons.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger typically involves a physical examination, medical history review, and sometimes additional tests such as nerve conduction studies or ultrasound imaging. Treatment options for these conditions may include:

  • Conservative measures: Rest, splinting, and modifying activities to reduce stress on the affected hand can help alleviate symptoms and prevent further aggravation.
  • Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroid injections may be prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Physical therapy: Stretching exercises and strengthening exercises may help improve hand function and alleviate symptoms.
  • Surgery: In cases where conservative treatments fail to provide relief, surgical intervention may be recommended. Carpal tunnel release surgery or trigger finger release surgery can help relieve pressure on the affected nerves or tendons and restore normal hand function.

Final Thoughts

Carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger are common hand conditions that can affect individuals of all ages and occupations. If you experience persistent symptoms such as pain, numbness, or difficulty with hand movement, it’s essential to consult a healthcare provider for evaluation and appropriate management. With proper treatment and self-care measures, individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger can find relief and regain function in their hands.