Your hands are extremely complex structures made up of many bones, joints, nerves and tendons. They allow people to do many of their daily tasks, such as typing on a keyboard. However, pain in the top of the hand can make hand-related tasks more difficult. There are two common injuries that could be the source of the pain in this part of your hand.
- Extensor tendinitis
The extensor tendons are structures in the back of your hand that help straighten your fingers. A condition called extensor tendinitis is what happens when one or more of these tendons become inflamed. This condition is typically referred to as a repetitive motion injury by medical professionals, and its most common symptom is pain in the top of the hand.
The inflammation of the hand extensor tendons can occur in several ways. In many cases, it’s caused by repetitive activities like typing or by playing instruments like the piano or guitar too often. Certain sports can also lead to this repetitive motion injury, such as baseball, racquetball or tennis.
- Metacarpal fracture
Another injury that can lead to pain in the top of your hand is a metacarpal fracture. The metacarpals are five bones in the hand that run from the first joint of the finger back to the wrist. There are many common ways that you could fracture a metacarpal. For example, one of the ways this injury can happen is by slamming your hand into something during a car accident. Also, high impact sports like boxing, football and rugby can lead to fractures of these bones.
Pain in the back of your hand isn’t the only symptom a fractured metacarpal can cause. This injury can also lead to bruising swelling at the top of your hand. A metacarpal fracture might also make it harder to move the hand or fingers. It can even make it appear that a knuckle has disappeared or a finger is misaligned depending on where the fracture is on the bone.
Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation can help you treat pain in the top of your hand
With four clinics in New Jersey, Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation is ready to help you treat injuries that are causing pain in the top of your hand. Each of our clinics offers complimentary screenings designed to help pinpoint the source of your pain. We’ll then use the information from your screening to build a treatment plan that’s personalized to your needs. There are many therapy techniques we can use in your plan, including:
Take the next step to get help with your hand pain. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.