Why Do You Feel Pain in Palm of Hand?


The main reason behind palm pain is some injury or diseases that have been affecting the hand. Hand pain is also one indication of the disease called arthritis. The most common arthritis in hands includes rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Repeating hand movements and carpel tunnel syndrome are the major reason for pain in palm and wrist. Sometimes diseases like diabetes also result in sensation in hand. The other reason can be some trauma or injury to the hand results in pain.

Palm pain usually occurs due to some injury in palm including the bone, joints, muscles or skin. These symptoms may vary and sometimes even worse. The pain may be sharp, acute, burning or ranging from mild to severe. This pain may also be due to some injury or disease. The pain in palm can be in one or both palms. In rare cases, the pain may be due to some disease that may affect other parts of the body also.

Causes of Pain in Palm of Hand

The various causes of this pain are:-

  • Injury in some part of hands like muscle or bone. You can see the signs of injury along with the pain. The injury can be a fracture, presence of foreign body or crushing injury.
  • The other reason for pain is some sort of continuous movements of hands. The movement like typing, wringing wrist or carpel tunnel syndrome can lead to pain in plam.
  • Swelling or inflammation called tendinitis also results in pain palm.
  • Surgery also becomes a cause of pain
  • Cervical spondylosis is also a reason for pain

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very common type of pain or numbness or tingling sensation caused in hands and fingers.  Slowly the condition develops which gets worse at night. The main affected areas are thumb till half of ring finger. This condition is caused due to compression of the nerve controlling the movement of hands. It gets better with time. In worst cases, injections are recommended.  In severe cases, surgery is also recommended. In case of prolonged symptoms when the symptoms last for more than six months then surgery is the best option.

Diagnosis of Pain in Palm of Hand

In case of injury, it is easy to diagnose the pain in the hand. But in other cases, the diagnosis depends either on past medical history or various tests are conducted to diagnose the pain.

The various tests done include

  • X-ray.
  • MRI or CT scan.
  • Bone scan.
  • Arthroscopy.
  • Blood tests

Treatment of this pain

The procedure of treatment will vary upon the diagnose of the cause. Some of the common measures for treatment include

  • Resting the hand and taking care of the wound
  • Hand Splint
  • Prescribing Painkillers
  • Antibiotics in case of infection
  • Surgery

So pain of palm can be treated depending upon the severity of pain and underlying cause.