Hand cramps are extremely common and, while they affect many people, often go undiagnosed or untreated. A muscle cramp is defined as an involuntary and sudden contraction of one or more of your muscles, and can occur for a number of reasons. When the cramping is localized to your hands, it is often an indication of another underlying problem.
At the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, our board-certified orthopedic surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions and diseases that cause hand cramps. If you suffer from severe hand cramps that cause extreme pain and temporary immobility of your muscles, please don’t hesitate to seek treatment. An expert hand surgeon in Los Angeles can determine the underlying cause of the cramping, and what is the best course of treatment for you.
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What Causes Hand Cramps?
There are many different conditions that can cause hand cramping and other painful hand symptoms, and when you are experiencing pain that is severe or incapacitating, it is important to see a hand specialist who can diagnose and treat you as soon as possible.
Some of the underlying causes of hand cramps and general hand pain include:
Extreme heat – Performing laborious tasks in hot weather can cause muscle cramps, and these types of cramps can usually be treated with rest.
Writer’s cramp – Hand cramps from writing are very common. Fortunately, resting the hands is often sufficient treatment for this type of stress.
Carpal tunnel syndrome – Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs as a result of repeated stress on the median nerve in your wrist. While mild cases can be treated with conservative measures such as bracing, more severe cases may require release surgery.
Trigger finger – Trigger finger is the condition where your finger or thumb becomes stuck in a bent position as a result of wear and tear that causes the tendon to become caught. Treatment options include work and activity modification, splints, steroids, and in severe cases, trigger finger release surgery.
Cubital tunnel syndrome – Like carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel syndrome can cause severe hand pain because of damage and stress within the ulnar nerve. In mild cases, an anti-inflammatory may be used to treat the condition, but cases in which hand cramps and claw deformation are more severe may require release surgery.
If you are experiencing muscle cramps in your hands or other pain in your hands, it is important to understand that this pain is most often symptomatic of another condition. When the pain from these symptoms becomes severe, surgical treatment may be necessary.
Hand Cramps Treatment
For severe hand cramps and any other painful hand symptoms that are the result of carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, or cubital tunnel syndrome, you may need to undergo release surgery.
Release surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the decompression of the affected nerve in the hand, wrist or elbow, and allows relief from the pain associated with these conditions. Our world-renowned hand surgeons perform these procedures on an outpatient basis, which allow our patients to go home the same day as their procedure and experience the shortest amount of recovery time possible.
You can learn more about release surgery for conditions of the hand by contacting our office and speaking with one of our Los Angeles hand specialists.
Contact an Expert Hand Surgeon in Los Angeles
If you are interested in learning more information about hand pain, hand cramps diagnosis, and treatment for hand cramps in Los Angeles, please feel free to contact our outpatient surgery center. You can schedule a consultation with a board-certified hand specialist at the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence today by calling (888) 529-1873 or by filling out our online contact form.
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