Hand Pain

Unlock hand pain relief at Idaho Spine & Sports Physical Therapy

Do you find yourself unable to use your hands and do things that used to be simple? Do you experience pain and stiffness in your hands that you cannot seem to get rid of? If pain impacts your enjoyment of life and makes routine chores more challenging to complete, Idaho Spine & Sports Physical Therapy in Boise & Meridian, ID can help you find hand pain relief!

We understand that pain in your hands can make even the most basic activity difficult or impossible. The good news is that physical therapy can help you get the hand pain relief you need and help you get back to doing what you love!

Make an appointment today at our Boise or Meridian, ID physical therapy clinic to find the relief you have been searching for.

Common causes of hand pain

The use of our hands is vital to our everyday life. Any injury to the hand carries the potential for severe limitations and loss of function. Proper identification and treatment of traumatic and overuse hand injuries are critical to preventing loss of function, potential nerve damage, joint restrictions, and persistent pain.

There are many reasons why you may be experiencing hand pain. The following are some of the most common causes of hand pain:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Suppose you notice your hands and fingers ache daily or that typing and using your hands to hold things have become particularly difficult or uncomfortable. In that case, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome.

The carpal tunnel is a narrow opening on your wrist that runs along the palm of your hand. It protects the nerve (i.e., median), blood vessels, and tendons that allow you to bend your fingers.

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve becomes irritated or compressed. This condition typically causes tingling and numbness in your fingers or hand. Usually, the symptoms are felt in the thumb and index fingers or middle or ring fingers.

When excessive pressure is put on the median nerve, it makes it difficult for it to do its job. For some, the condition will progress, lead to weakness in the hand, and cause people to drop items.

Carpal tunnel is often associated with overuse-type injuries, particularly among construction and manufacturing workers that are required to lift, grip, and perform forceful wrist motions. This condition can develop from overuse of the wrist and regular, repetitive activities like typing or writing. Or certain sports like golfing, tennis/pickleball, and rock climbing.

Idaho Spine & Sports Physical Therapy will treat your carpal tunnel syndrome without surgery safely and comfortably.


Tendonopathy is a diagnosis that describes any problem with a tendon, including disease, injury, or disorder. The most common types of injuries to a tendon include:

Tendonitis: Tendinitis is defined as an inflammation of the tendon. Acute injuries, including small or partial tearing, can result in an inflammatory response and pain, particularly when the affected area is moved.

One way to identify this condition is how quickly it heals. These types of injuries heal quickly as they move through inflammation to tissue repair.

Tendonosis: Tendinosis describes a dysfunctional tendon and typically does not specify the pathological process. It is generally used to describe overuse-type conditions. Recent research has concluded that most overuse tendon pathologies do not have inflammatory cells.

It is important to note that overuse tendon disorders often take a long time to heal and are a slow process. In some cases, treating degenerative collagen with anti-inflammatory medication, such as corticosteroid injections or oral medications, can impair the healing process!

Tendon injuries to the hand and fingers can be particularly debilitating. The tolerance of these tendons is less than some of the bigger tendons in the body, and particular care needs to be taken to ensure no lasting problems or persistent disability.

At Idaho Spine & Sports Physical Therapy, our physical therapists will give you proper guidance to ensure you rehabilitate your condition fully!

Nerve injuries

The nerves that run from the neck through the upper arm, elbow, wrist, and into the hand include the ulnar, radial, and median nerves. These nerves can impact the hand and lead to significant disability if they are not taken care of properly.

The most common nerve injuries are trauma from falling or accidents using power tools. They also include traction and compression-type injuries, especially in athletes who place forceful, repetitive stresses across their wrist, hand, and fingers.

Nerve injuries are typically noticed as numbness, tingling, or temperature loss. Nerve injuries resulting from overuse (i.e., carpal tunnel syndrome or De Quervain’s) are accompanied by swelling that reduces the nerve’s ability to function correctly. Muscle function is disrupted in cases of severe nerve injury, and paralysis can occur.


Falls and crush–type injuries commonly cause hand fractures. Many injuries come from stretching your hands to catch and break your fall. This can cause a break in the fingers and hand.

Hand fractures are also related to twisting injuries or other impacts to the hand, like punching (i.e., boxer’s fracture) or jamming the fingers playing sports like basketball or football.

In some cases, casts, splints, or immobilization of some kind is needed to give the bones a chance to heal correctly. The longer the hand and fingers are immobilized, the more likely they will be stiff and weak when immobilization ends.

Fortunately, our physical therapists know how to minimize any restrictions or weaknesses you may be dealing with and ensure you recover using your hands without limits!


Finding hand pain relief in physical therapy

For those suffering from pain in their hands, physical therapy and hand therapy can help to support healthier joint function in various ways.

  1. It increases your range of motion.Physical therapy is an excellent way to increase your range of motion through manual therapy techniques (i.e., soft tissue work and joint mobilizations). These techniques promote increased blood flow for healing and optimal joint functioning.
  2. Therapy increases muscle strength. Weakness in the hand and forearm muscles can make basic activities like gripping and squeezing challenging. It can also strain your joints, causing joint pain even with minor movements like writing or picking up an object. Fortunately, our physical therapist knows how to maximize your strength to ensure you restore your function and simultaneously help to support your joints.
  3. Hand rehab therapists use specialized treatments to alleviate your pain. Hand therapy requires understanding the intricate coordination of muscles and joints to allow complex movements. Specialized treatments, including modalities, manual therapy, and splint fabrication, are often used to help to relieve hand pain while maximizing the functional use of our hands.
  4. Physical therapists are skilled at pinpointing the source of hand pain. Working with an experienced physical therapist can help determine what’s causing your pain. We will address the entire upper extremity to ensure that we handle all the factors contributing to your condition. Your therapist can help you identify the changes you can make to help reduce your level of discomfort and achieve your goals!

Contact Idaho Spine & Sports Physical Therapy today for hand pain relief

The beauty of physical and hand therapy is that they are both targeted and personalized treatment options designed to meet your specific needs. If you are suffering from hand pain that is interfering with your daily life, it is time to seek help from a physical therapist.

Contact us today for more information on scheduling an appointment with one of our skilled Boise & Meridian, ID therapists. We will help you get back to doing what you enjoy without hand pain.

Your Next Steps…

  1. Request An Appointment

  2. Receive A Custom Treatment Plan

  3. Work Hard and Progress In Your Recovery

  4. Recover & Enjoy Life Pain-Free!

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