Hand pain and numbness is the most common yet most ignored symptom in the society. It is often confused by the overuse injuries in hand. The hand and fingers are controlled by a network of nerves that starts from the neck, in cervical spine. The nerve roots C5 to C8 and T1 travels down to shoulder, arm, forearm, hand and fingers. There are mainly three nerves median nerve,ulnar nerve and radial nerve.
Pain and numbness may occur if any one or all the nerves are affected either in the course of the nerve or at any branch. Muscle spasm may lead to compression of nerve. The symptoms may worsen during certain movements or activities, especially repetitive motions such as typing, kneading, and hammering. Awkward wrist posture, during sleeping also can increase the pain and numbness.
Risk factors: - Age, Occupation, few medications, increase lordosis of cervical spine.
Physiotherapy treatment works well in such conditions. The main aim of the treatment is to reduce the pain numbness and increase the joint mobility.
The physiotherapy treatment includes: -
Balanced Diet, Vit B12 supplements improve the systemic body conditions reducing the symptoms. Surgery may be the last option if non-surgical treatment doesn’t work.
Dr. Pradnya Pansare (PT)