Hand Pain

Hand Pain and Injuries

Everyone of us will encounter a minor injury to the finger or hand. Injuries to finger and hand happens mostly during:

  • Sports
  • Fall
  • Work if requires a lot of hand activity for e.g. typing or using a screw driver
  • Pulling a luggage
There are different groups of people who have a higher risk in getting injury to the finger or hand.
  • Sportsman
    • Gymnasts, they often weight bear their hands.
    • Badminton, tennis or golf player. They often need to grasp the rackets and this action puts stress to the hand.
  • New mothers, caregivers
    • They need to carry the babies or children very often. Putting too much stress to the thumb may cause the hand or wrist problem.
  • Cabin crew
    • They need to carry trays and plates.

Hand Pain Cause by Hand Injury

Children with hand injury

Children will have a hand injury through play, sports or fall. See a medical specialist soon if you suspect your child may injured the growth plate.

Sportsman with hand injury

Sportsman like gymnasts, soccer or basketball players have a higher risk to injure their hand. For gymnasts, they need to put stress to their hand to hold their weights. Basketball players may get injured while catching the basketball, they may accidentally get hit by the ball.

Older adults with hand injury

Older adults are also at a high risk of getting hand injury as they may have a low bone mass (Osteoporosis) without knowing it themselves. Age comes with other problems  like vision and balance, these factors may put the seniors at a higher risk of accidental hand injury.

Acute hand injury

An accidental event that you will remember that you injured your hand. It could be a fall or twisted wrist. The injury causes your wrist to swell or bruise shortly after the accident.

Acute hand injuries include:

  • Bruises around the hand
  • Injuries to the hand ligaments. For e.g. Skier’s thumb
  • Mallet finger
  • Wrist sprains
  • Wrist strains
  • Hand fractures
  • Finger dislocations
  • Hand compartment syndrome

Overuse hand injury

Repeatedly putting stress to your hand may cause overuse hand injury.

Examples of overuse hand injuries:

Treatment for Hand Pain

  • Fibreglass cast for hand fracture
  • Buddy splint for finger fracture
  • Physiotherapy
  • Surgery for serious hand injury
  • Anti-inflammatory injection for hand tendon inflammation
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine for hand tendon inflammation

Call (+65) 6471 2674 (24 hr) for an appointment to see our specialist to treat your hand pain today.

Hand Pain Cause By Non Hand Injury

There are also other causes for hand problems. It could be due to other medical conditions, degenerative disease or heriditary.

Call (+65) 6471 2674 (24 hr) for an appointment to see our specialist to treat your hand pain today.

Call (+65) 6471 2674 (24 hrs) for any queries you may have.

  1. Zack says:

    Hi Dr Kevin

    Would like to ask you for a second opinion.

    I had a fall and hurt my right hand about 3 weeks ago. It got swollen after a while. Next day, I consulted GP and was asked to go to A&E as my hand was swollen bad. Went to A&E and did x-ray. Diagnosis: 5th metacarpal fracture(base). My hand was bandaged and given 10 days hospitalization leave, after which my next appointment with an orthopedist.

    I went for the appointment, had the bandage removed and x-ray. Was informed the fracture looked not that bad, and have my hand immobilized in a cast. I’m given a further 2 weeks HL.

    It’s been a week and half my hand is in cast. I do not feel the pain like before. Only the discomfort/itch which is kind of normal, I guess. My concern is that my HL is ending mid next week, and should be back to work, and I use my hand a lot at work.

    So my questions are:
    1) Can I have the cast removed(or remove myself) before I start work, as I don’t feel that much pain as before.
    2) Is it healing good? Even in my cast I do the normal activities as much, like playing video game with my son. Also i can clinch my hand w/o much pain.
    3) If it is not fully healed, is it advisable, that I put on a hand brace/removable splint(if there is one for hand)?

    By the way, I have a deep sea fishing trip mid April, and I wouldn’t want to skip it if possible.

    Your reply is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Regards
    Zack

  2. Phil Siong says:

    Hi Dr Kevin,
    My wife’s wrist is always having pain issue, injury due to work last time.
    Would like to bring her to you for diagnosis.

    But because she’s chinese from China, is the cost going to be very expensive? How much is consultation charges?

    Will be great if you can advice.

    Thank you Doctor,
    Phil

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