Pain can alert you to an injury or underlying problem. But how can you tell when your hand, wrist or elbow pain needs medical treatment? Ask yourself four questions.
Imagine how frustrating it would be to try to open a jar or button a shirt without your thumb. This feeling is all too common for those with one of the most common types of hand osteoarthritis.
Does the thumb side of your hand feel like it’s going to sleep — that weak, numb, pins-and-needles feeling — for no apparent reason? You may suspect that you have carpel tunnel syndrome. The good news is that there are a number of methods you can try at home to ease your pain.
Do you often wake up in the night with a feeling of “pins and needles” in your hands, like they’ve fallen asleep? Does it get better if you shake them?