An unpleasant or distressing sensation of the hand.

  • Hand ache
  • Hand pain

Common causes

Hand pain is not always related to an underlying condition. It may be caused by:

  • Hand fractures
  • Injury or trauma to the hand e. g. accident
  • Hand sprains or strains
  • Friction blisters


Self Treatment

Self-treatment: Self- care steps that may be helpful in some less- serious cases:

  • Wear a splint to settle down the inflammation
  • Apply heat to the hand to loosen the stiffness
  • Apply cold or frozen bags to the hand especially pain caused by activity
  • Hand exercises and stretches
  • Take or apply NSAID medication e.g. diclofenac gel to ease the pain
  • Limit hand movement to prevent worsening the pain


See a doctor if you notice:

  • No improvement after self- treatment measures
  • The pain worsening
  • The pain keeps relapsing


See a doctor immediately if you notice:

  • Extreme pain after an injury
  • Deformity of the hand
  • A grinding or snap noise during the injury
  • Difficulty in hand movement
  • Loss of hand sensation

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