Pain in your hand or arm can severely affect your ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks. If you have arm and hand pain, sports medicine physician Irwin Abraham, MD, can help. At his practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Dr. Abraham applies a standard comprehensive exam to determine the one or several diagnoses present. The treatment uses a variety of non-operative techniques, depending on the diagnosis and after discussion with each patient. Call the New York City office today for more information or book an appointment online.
What causes arm and hand pain?
Arm and hand pain are common problems because you use your hands and arms almost constantly every day. From typing and swiping on a keyboard or tablet to construction work and every activity in between, your hands and arms work hard so you can live life to the fullest.
Unsurprisingly, over time, your hand joints can suffer from the effects of wear-and-tear, or you might accidentally injure your hand or arm. Surprisingly, the hand, wrist, and arm can have more than one problem, more than one site of pain. Conditions frequently responsible for arm and hand pain include:
● Thumb pain ( tendinitis/ Dequervain’s/arthritis, etc.)● Tendonitis of the wrist and/or small hand muscles.● Trigger finger● Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)● Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis)● Osteoarthritis● Rheumatoid arthritis● Carpal tunnel syndrome● Dupuytren's contracture● Ganglion cysts● Fractures● Dislocations
Conditions like fibromyalgia, a cause of widespread musculoskeletal pain, or trapped nerves in your neck can also cause arm and hand pain.
Treating arm and hand pain successfully depends first on Dr. Abraham learning the specific injuries. that cause your condition. He learned years ago a very careful and detailed exam that detects the most painful problems at the arm and hands.
If your arm or hand pain is a result of a problem in your neck or spine, Dr. Abraham can use manual manipulation to address misalignment. He’s also an expert in the treatment of the important layers of tissue under the skin, or around muscles, called fascia, a relatively new method of massaging the painful areas of your arm to release the fascial tissues at your muscles under the skin.
Physical therapy can also be invaluable in treating arm and hand pain. Dr. Abraham works closely with respected physical therapists to ensure you get the right treatment to build strength in the injured tissues and surrounding structures.
How does prolotherapy help treat arm and hand pain?
To perform prolotherapy, Dr. Abraham injects a dextrose or glucose solution and a local anesthetic into your body's damaged tissues.
Traditional prolotherapy promotes the direct growth of cells that will heal and injured tissue. while perineural subcutaneous injections (PIT) help reduces nerve pain. For patients preferring not to have injections, Dr. Abraham can also achieve similar results using direct neural treatment, a form of nerve massage, and facial massage.
To find out more about effective treatment options for arm and hand pain, call Irwin Abraham MD today or book an appointment online.