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Hand / Wrist Pain

Pain in the Hands and Wrist

Hand and wrist pain are a common complaint and can be debilitating. Hand and wrist conditions can be evaluated based on the location of the pain. There are many bones, ligaments, and tendons in the hand and wrist:

There are many joints in the wrist and hand, as well as many ligaments and tendons, that allow many movement patterns as well as individual movement of fingers. This varied movement requires assistance from a variety of other structures:

With so many complex structures working together to ensure proper function for your hand and wrist, there are many ways in which an injury can occur. If any of these structures wear out or sustain damage, you may experience pain.

Common Causes of Hand and Wrist Pain

There are many potential causes of hand and wrist pain. A proper diagnosis is crucial to ensuring you receive the most effective treatment for your condition.

Wrist Injuries

Hand Injuries


Arthritis can develop from inflammation of the hand and wrist joint, causing pain and stiffness which gets worse over time. It can make fine motor tasks difficult. The most common types of arthritis include:

Treatment for Hand and Wrist Pain

At the Denver Spine and Pain Institute, in the absence of more concerning findings such as fracture, instability, and infection, we recommend conservative treatments. Our goal is to reduce pain, increase function, and improve quality of life. If necessary, we will order imaging of the hand and wrist which could include X-rays. Depending on the specific cause of your pain, your treatment may include:

  • Physical therapy – The goals of physical therapy are to improve mobility, decrease pain and address any mechanical or muscular conditions that may be contributing to your pain.
  • Medication – Anti-inflammatory medications can help provide short-term relief of symptoms, making it easier for you to participate in physical therapy. Nerve pain medications may also be used if nerve compression is present.
  • Injections – If the combination of physical therapy and medications don’t provide enough relief, injections may be helpful in both identifying where your pain is coming from, as well as provide long-term relief of your symptoms. The most common types of injections in the hand and wrist are joint and tendon injections using local anesthetic and steroid.
  • Regenerative medicine – Regenerative medicine therapies include platelet rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell treatments and can also be beneficial in treating wrist and hand pain.

If these conservative treatments fail to provide adequate relief, surgery may be necessary. Our team will perform all appropriate diagnostic testing prior to your surgical consultation to determine the precise cause and location of your pain. These diagnostic tests will provide your surgeon with the information necessary to plan your procedure.

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Restoring a Pain-Free Life

Chronic hand and wrist pain can significantly impact the quality of your life, making it hard to perform routine daily tasks and participate in your favorite activities. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with this pain any longer. At the Denver Spine and Pain Institute, we offer the most advanced treatments to alleviate your hand and wrist pain, helping you enjoy life again.

We’re the only sports, back and pain specialists in the country providing a Connected Care Approach™ specifically designed to get you back to enjoying life faster. This approach involves:

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