Why Do My Hands Hurt?

Why Do My Hands Hurt?

Many conditions can cause soreness, numbness or limited range of motion in your hand. Some ailments develop gradually over time, while others happen suddenly. If your hand or wrist aches, you can likely find a solution.

See your primary care physician first. You may need a referral to a specialist with expertise in hand or wrist injuries Houston. The solution may involve medication, physical therapy or surgery. Here are some conditions that may be at the root of your pain.


If your hand is swollen, numb or stiff, you may have arthritis. Two common types:

  • Osteoarthritis – As you age, you may lose cartilage. Without cartilage, bones that meet at joints can rub together, making it painful or difficult to bend those joints. When fingers are affected, nodes may result.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – In this type of arthritis, your immune system attacks joints. This is a less common form of arthritis, but it is serious because your immune system may also attack internal organs. Early detection is crucial.


If you recently fell — or almost did — instinct likely prompted you to put your hands out to catch yourself. Unfortunately, while breaking your fall, you may have broken your wrist. Swelling, weakness, bruising and pain are signs of damage to your wrist or hand; an x-ray can show if you have broken or fractured any bones. You may have a sprain, which is a stretching or tearing of the ligaments holding the bones of the wrist and hand together. While treated differently, both fractures and sprains can cause similar symptoms and equal amounts of pain.

Tendon Damage

Ligaments are not the only soft tissue in your wrists and hands that may become damaged. Tendons can become torn or inflamed due to repeatedly extending or flexing the wrist. Sports are often the culprit in cases of tendonitis: in particular rowing, golf and tennis.

Untreated tendonitis may lead to tendinosis, which involves little swelling but significant stiffness and discomfort. Tendinosis causes tendons to degenerate over time, so it can be serious. Again, the key to recovery is early detection and treatment.