Our hands make us uniquely human. With our hands, we are capable of doing big job and tiny tasks. But when our hands start hurting, everything is more difficult to do. The most common causes of hand pain include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. If hand pain afflicts you, what can you do? Many solutions are well within your reach at home.
Keep Them Warm: Our hands are very susceptible to cold temperatures. Joints are more painful and stiff when it is cold outside. And nerves signals tend to slow down in the cold too. By keeping your hands warm, you may be able to bring your hand pain down a notch or two. Warm gloves or a warm paraffin wax bath are very useful home-remedies for hand pain.
Relieve the Inflammation: Most hand pain is caused by inflammation of the soft tissues or joints. In order to help your body control inflammation, there are many things you can try at home before going to your health care provider. First and foremost, examine what you eat. Food is medicine and the right diet can help you control inflammation naturally. By avoiding sugar in the form of sweets, bread, pasta, and potatoes, you are well on your way to following what is known as the anti-inflammatory diet. Additionally, you can supplement your efforts with the use of anti-inflammatory supplements, oral medications and topical creams that are available over the counter.
Support the Hand: Because our hands do so many things, sometimes a little extra support can help ease the pain. The joint at the base of the thumb is commonly afflicted with arthritis pain. A simple thumb support called a “thumb spica splint” can help relieve thumb pain. If carpal tunnel syndrome is causing your hand pain, wearing a wrist splint, especially at night, can help. Most of these hand supports are available at your local “big box” pharmacy.
By keeping your hands as pain free as possible, you will be free to do what you want to do. If your hand pain is associated with a hand deformity, then you might want to consider visiting a health care provider sooner rather than later. At least, these home remedies will get you on your way towards feeling better sooner.