Due to hurricane damage, the Havelock location is closed until further notice. Havelock therapists Hannah Zhang, Sarah Hall and Judy Hickes are available to see patients at the New Bern location. Please call the New Bern location at (252) 636-9800 to discuss your care.

How do I know the pain in my hands and fingers is not arthritis related?

Pain in Hands and Fingers Not Arthritis

Answering this question isn’t always easy, but there are certain signs you can look for that may indicate that the pain in your hands and fingers is not osteoarthritis. 

Hand and finger pain is a common issue around the world — it’s estimated that up to 26% of the general population experiences hand or wrist pain at some point in their life. A physical therapist can help you learn signs that your hand and finger pain isn’t related to osteoarthritis. In addition, they can help you find effective treatment for your hand and finger pain. 

Four signs that your hand and finger pain is not osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a common source of hand and finger pain, but it is not the only issue that can lead to pain in these areas. Some signs that your pain may not be linked to osteoarthritis are: 

  1. The type of pain you have — Osteoarthritis pain tends to start out as an aching in your joints. However, other hand and finger issues cause different types of pain. For instance, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) causes a burning or shocklike pain. Additionally, CTS can cause pain that radiates from your wrist into your hand and fingers. 
  1. When your pain occurs — It’s true that both osteoarthritis and other issues can trigger pain during certain activities that rely on your hands and fingers. Yet, other times that you feel pain are often different. Activity-related osteoarthritis pain tends to go away with a little rest. Other issues, like CTS, tend to continue causing pain even when you’re at rest. 
  1. Onset age — Although it can develop at any age, osteoarthritis tends to develop later in life. One study found that 29.3% of people between the ages of 45 and 64 had osteoarthritis. However, a CTS study reports that 76% of people who develop this condition were between the ages of 40 and 70. 
  1. Curability — Conditions like CTS can be cured with physical therapy and other medical help. But osteoarthritis is a progressive condition that can be managed but not cured. 

Find help for your finger and hand pain that’s not arthritis at Peak Performance

Need help treating hand and finger pain that’s not caused by arthritis? Our team at Peak Performance Sports & Physical Therapy is primed to help you address your pain. We offer free screenings intended to pinpoint the specific issue that’s causing your hand and finger pain. Our physical therapists can also build you a physical therapy plan that’s customized to your condition. Additionally, you can get help with your pain from home thanks to our virtual therapy service. 

Contact us today for more information about our hand and finger pain treatment options or to schedule an initial appointment.