Common Reasons for Hand Pain [Video]
Ask the Expert: Hand Video Series
About the video: What are the most common reasons for hand pain?
Curious what’s causing your hand pain? Hear from Summit Orthopedics’ hand specialists, Robert Anderson, M.D. and Edward Su, M.D. on what most commonly causes it.
Meet Dr. Robert Anderson
Dr. Anderson’s approach: “My own injuries and need for surgeries have helped me understand the patient experience. I’m a better listener and care provider as a result. I grew up and attended college in the area, so I know and understand the people of the Twin Cities.”
Dr. Anderson’s education: Dr. Anderson studied at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN to obtain his undergraduate degree, and he went on to complete his medical degree at the University of Minnesota. He attended Indiana University Medical School in Indianapolis, IN for his residency in Orthopedics, and he completed advanced training as part of the Hand Surgery fellowship at the Indiana Hand Center.
Meet Dr. Edward Su
Dr. Su’s approach: “Driving, cooking, bathing, using tools, computers, and playing sports. We interact with the world largely through our hands, and I appreciate the importance of staying active and pain free.”
Dr. Su’s background: After completing his undergraduate studies at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Su moved to New York, New York, where he earned his Medical Degree at the New York School of Medicine, and later completed his Orthopedic Surgery residency at the Hospital for Joint Diseases. He also completed fellowship training for Hand and Upper Extremities at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.
Summit Orthopedics provides personalized hand and wrist expertise
The function of our hands integrates through our wrists and arms to our shoulders; a problem anywhere along our arm may have a significant impact on hand function and quality of life. If you experience an injury or uncomfortable symptoms, our fellowship-trained hand and wrist surgeons are here to help. Summit physicians receive the highest levels of training and exclusively provide individualized care for conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow.
Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, Plymouth, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.
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Additional resources for you
- Visit our Hand & Wrist Care section where you’ll find more articles on hand health, information about common hand conditions and treatments, our hand & wrist video library, and more.
- Ask Dr. Hildahl: How Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Identified?
- Ask Dr. Parisi: Questions To Ask About Hand Surgery
- Ask Dr. Parisi: How Are Wrist Fractures Treated?
If you’re experiencing pain in your hand there’s a definite varying degree of sources that cause that pain. If you’re experiencing pain in the hand and if it’s a minor ache that doesn’t interfere with lifestyle or activities in any way, then it’s probably safe to keep an eye on it for a little while. If it gets worse, and definitely if it starts to actually interfere with your lifestyle and function and activities, then you should come in to have it evaluated. When we look at it we try to divide it out into the origin, and that origin can be nerve pain. That origin can be arthritis pain. That origin can be a tendinitis or a tendinopathy. That pain can be related to trauma, so broken bones, torn ligaments, torn tendons. So when you first come in to be assessed for that that’s what we’re thinking what the origin of your symptoms come from, and then we’ll cater that based on our questions, on our physical exam, and after we get an understanding of the things that bother you, the things that you’re having most difficulty with, then we’ll start to delineate down the path towards treatment after we understand the origin of where the symptoms are coming from.
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