Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
The carpal tunnel is the space found between the fibrous tissue band that wraps around the wrist. If this area becomes swollen or the tissue is readjusted it will place pressure and compress the median nerve that passes through this space. When this happens, you will feel anywhere from a tingling to burning sensation in all of the fingers except for the pinky finger. This condition is known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Arthritis of the Hand
The hand comprises of many small joints which enable us to use our fine motor skills. When the cartilage deteriorates in the hand area, the joints are unable to enjoy their normal free range of motion and movement without pain. The area will be painful and swollen with arthritis of the hand.
Dupuytren’s Contracture is when the fibrous tissue underneath the fingers and palm, hardens to create nodules. As a result, the tightening of the fibrous tissue causes the fingers affected to bend or curl. This condition is harmless and painless.
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
If the sympathetic nervous system begins to work vigorously or abnormally, the blood flow and sweat glands in the hand to arm area are affected by a burning pain, swelling, heat in the area, stiffness and even discoloration. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy is serious since if these symptoms are left untreated, the condition may cause you to lose the use of your hand.
Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome of the Wrist
When pressure is placed on the Ulnar nerve, it creates a burning, tingling or numb sensation predominately in the pinky finger and sometimes along the outer edge of the ring finger. Unlike Carpal tunnel syndrome, Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome of the Wrist is not formed from repetitive motions.
Arthritis of the Wrist
The wrist is generally affected by two types of arthritis (an inflammatory joint disorder), osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. With osteoarthritis, the wrist joint will suffer from pain, swelling and a limited range of motion. Rhematoid arthritis of the wrist lowers the strength of the wrist joint, swells, becomes tender and decreases the range of wrist motion.
De Quervain’s Tendinitis
De Quervain’s Tendinitis forms when the tendons located at the base of the thumb become compressed or aggravated. The area will become swollen and tender from the thumb up to the wrist.