Treat Your Crippling Hand Pain
5. Ice and Heat
This classic method for treating pain is very effective for when your hands are hurting after use or when they are feeling stiff.
If you find that your hands are hurting after doing something such as typing on a keyboard or gardening, apply ice to them. You can soak them in an ice bath or simply use the freezer gel packs.
If your hands are feeling stiff, then the best way to reclaim that flexible feeling is to use heat. Again, you can soak your hands in a hot bath or use gel packs that you can heat up in the microwave.
4. Stretch and Exercise
We tend to think of stretching and exercising only being for large muscle groups but it can also be an effective way to relieve hand pain.
Speaking with a professional therapist, you can learn how to guide your hands through a series of stretches to loosen up the muscles as well as exercises to strengthen grip and avoid further pain. YouTube also has a number of tutorials for stretches and exercises.
If you are prone to flare ups of inflammation, it may be advisable to wear a splint for 1 to 3 weeks. You can directly apply a splint to your fingers, thumb, or wrist; wherever the pain and inflammation is worst.
2. Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug
More commonly known as a NSAID, this type of over-the-counter medication can alleviate pain in your hands. Examples of effective NSAIDs are ibuprofen; brand names include Advil and Motrin. Be warned: Long term use of NAIDs may result in stomach bleeding and ulcers.
Lastly, if your hand pain is severe enough, it may be a good idea to consider a corticosteroid injection. This injection is delivered directly into the joint and the benefits of pain relief may last up to one year; however, remember that the more often you get them, the less the relief will last.