Finger/Hand Injury

What is a finger/hand injury?

The fingers and hands are some of our most useful tools.  We use them for nearly every task that we complete.  They are made up of five large bones in your palm (metacarpals) and fourteen smaller bones in your fingers (phalanges), as well as a complex network of muscles and tissues which allow us to move these bones in order to complete tasks.

Finger and hand injuries include sprains and strains of the muscles and joints within the hands caused by repetitive use, trauma or aging.

Common Symptoms

Common symptoms of a finger or hand injury include: bruising, pain, inability to move fingers, limited hand motion, deformity, swelling and weakness of the hand or fingers.  Hand or finger injury may also cause pain that runs up into the wrist and forearm.

Causes

Most commonly, finger or hand injuries occur during:

  • Sports or recreational activities
  • Work-related tasks
  • Accidental falls
  • Fistfights
  • Arthritis

Treatment

When it comes to thumb and hand injuries, visiting a chiropractor is a good way to identify the nature of the injury and develop a treatment plan.  Your chiropractor may provide adjustments and soft tissue manipulation within the affected area.

Due to the specialized nature of the area, finding a practitioner with experience is important.

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