If you’re experiencing hand pain, it is probably difficult to perform routine activities, such as opening a jar or buttoning your shirt. If you have struggled to relieve your symptoms at home, perhaps it is time to rely on the expert care at Comprehensive Hand Surgery Center in the West End of Richmond, Virginia. With board-certified hand specialist David Glapern, MD, on staff, the team can determine the underlying cause of your hand pain and recommend the right treatment. Take a step for your health and well-being today by calling a hand pain specialist in Richmond.

Hand Pain Q & A

Why Do I Have Hand Pain?

Your hand is a complex structure made of muscles, bones, and ligaments. As you go about your day, you rely on your hands to perform countless activities. When you have hand pain, it can interfere with your work, hobbies, and home life.

Arthritis is a common source of hand pain, but it can occur for many reasons. A serious injury, fracture, or dislocated joint may also cause hand pain, as can problems with your nerves or tendons.

What Conditions Cause Hand Pain?

The following are some of the conditions that often result in hand pain:

Nerve Compression

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is caused by compression on the median nerve running through your wrist. With carpal tunnel, you generally feel pain or numbness in your hand and a pins-and-needles sensation in your fingers.

Trigger Finger

Trigger finger usually occurs when strenuous or repetitive movements aggravate your tendons, making them swell. Swelling interferes with the normal movement of tendons in your finger, causing your finger to catch and lock in position.


A ganglion is a soft, liquid-filled cyst, or tumor, commonly found on the front or back of your wrist. Ganglions usually aren’t cancerous, but can cause pain, aching, weakness, and swelling.

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

This condition is caused by irritation to the tendons running along the side of your wrist. With de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, moving your thumb or hand can be painful.


A nail bed infection, paronychia cause pain, redness, and swelling. The infections generally occur anywhere on your nail’s U-shaped cuticle. If you have paronychia, you may also have small, pus-filled pockets underneath your skin.

Dr. Galpern can tell you whether one of these conditions might be causing your hand pain and recommend the best course of treatment.

How Is Hand Pain Treated?

Dr. Galpern works with you on a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms so you can get back to your day-to-day activities. Because a variety of conditions cause hand pain, he bases your treatment on your diagnoses, overall health, and other factors.

If you have been suffering from hand pain and are looking for solutions, call or schedule a consultation online today with the team at Comprehensive Hand Surgery Center.

Comprehensive Hand Surgery
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2819 North Parham Road Richmond Suite 100, VA 23294 Get Directions