Hand pain can have many contributing factors
Upper extremity injuries are common in today's society as a result of athletic activities, job related functions and trauma.
Two of the most common injuries are Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Tennis Elbow is characterized by localized pain on the outside aspect of the elbow. Pain increases with gripping activities, and decreased grip strength may be noticed. Tendon inflammation is usually the symptom associated with this injury. However, the underlying cause needs to be identified. Common causes include excessive typing, repetitive mouse use on the computer, prolonged gripping activities such as power tool and yard equipment usage, initiation of an exercise program or playing tennis or golf.
Treatment includes decreasing inflammation, increasing muscle flexibility, strength and endurance and potential use of an elbow brace.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is characterized by numbness and/or tingling in the thumb and first two fingers. Pressure is placed on the Median Nerve by repetitive use of the fingers and hand.
Common contributing factors include repetitive gripping and use of the hands with typing or improper ergonomics with computer desk setup. Treatment protocols include splinting of the wrist and physical therapy intervention.
See Article: "Taking Care of Your Hand, Wrist, and Elbow"