Hand Joint Pain

Hand Joint Pain is bad when it's mild and not such a big deal, but if left for too long it can become very limiting and even debilitating.

In many cases, joint pain in the hand shows up for a while and then goes away.  Maybe you were working extra hard on something one day, or maybe you hit your hand on something and it made your joints hurt for a couple weeks.

But in most cases, if you have joint pain in one or both hands, it's chronic and ever so slowly progressively worse.



Hand Joint Pain
What Joints?

There is no 'hand joint'.

The only joints in the hand are the finger joints, and the wrist joint.

  • Finger Joint
  • Knuckle Joint
  • Thumb Joint
  • Wrist Joint


Finger and thumb joint problems are far more common than wrist joint pain.


Lots of people's wrists hurt, for instance when they have wrist tendonitis, but that's not the same thing as wrist joint pain.

But ultimately, any joint in the hand can hurt. And if a hand joint hurts, it's for one of only a very few reasons.



Causes Of Hand Joint Pain

There are only a few causes of hand joint pain and problem:

  • Impact injury and resulting downward spiral
  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis and/or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Tendonitis


Impact Injury

Jam your finger, get your hand caught in a closing car door, punch a wall, etc.  Any impact to a joint in the hand can cause pain and problem.

Knuckle pain is common with boxers, people who punch walls and other hard objects, rough sports like football and rugby, etc.

The outside of the joint can be hurt, and the INSIDE of the joint can be hurt...it just depends on the impact scenario.

When the inside of a joint hurts, that's much tougher to deal with and slow to resolve than if it's just the outside 

Essentially, any impact to a hand joint can cause a bone bruise..same thing as a joint bruise as it's basically the same tissue involved.

See:  Bone Bruise



Arthritis

Arthritis is a major health issue in the United States (and other countries as well).

Arthritis can affect any joint in the body, and hand joints are very common.

We use our hands a lot.  That can lead us towards Osteoarthritis.

We eat a terrible diet that harms our gut lining and leads to an auto-immune response.  That's Rheumatoid Arthritis.

And of course, a person can have osteoarthritis AND rheumatoid arthritis.

The bad news is, arthritis affects millions of people.  

The worse news is that doctors believe it to be incurable.

The good news is, hand joint pain from arthritis is entirely reversible (until you get to the point where there is significant joint damange and/or hand joint deformation).


See:  What Is Arthritis?

See:  Causes Of Osteoarthritis

See:  Cause Of Rheumatoid Arthritis


Tendonitis

The Tendonitis dynamic can cause pain in the joints of thumb, fingers, and/or wrist (and any other joint).

That's because the muscles of the forearm turn in to tendons, and those tendons attach to wrist bones and finger bones.

And THEN those muscles get tight, stay tight, and constantly compress the joints.

When a finger or thumb joint is compressed for to long, it starts to hurt.

**Fun Fact**  Wrist tendonitis causes osteoarthritis in the fingers, thumbs and wrist).

See:  Wrist Tendonitis

See:  What Is Tendonitis?


How To Get Rid Of Hand Joint Pain

Most people suffer for months, years, and decades with hand joint pain.

But you don't have to!

  • Bone/joint bruises take some time and effort, but you can greatly speed up the recovery time.
  • Osteoarthritis can be reversed (and if there's not too much damage, joint lining can repair itself).
  • The Rheumatoid Arthritis mechanism is fully reversible (catch it before it causes too much joint damage or deformation).


One immediate thing you can do to decrease joint pain in your hands (from bone/joint bruise and/or osteoporosis) is to learn How To Reduce Inflammation.

That may or may not be helpful to reduce Rheumatoid Arthritis pain...for some people it will irritate symptoms.


Ultimately, to get rid of:

  • a bone/joint bruise, you either have to wait a LONG time for it to -probably- go away, or get to work helping the tissue recovery
  • osteoarthritis, you have to get rid of the factors compressing the joint and keeping it compressed
  • rheumatoid arthritis, you have to fix your damaged gut ecology and stop eating foods that inflame, irritate, and damage the gut.

There's no other way around it..there's no pharmaceutical drug that will fix joint pain in the hand or anywhere else.

Rest definitely won't fix it (maybe the bone bruise, but no other pain cause).


Anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen won't fix anything.

Corticosteroid injections won't fix anything.



Hand joint pain is only a problem when you don't know how to make it go away.





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