In many cases, nerve pain to the hands can worsen over time, particularly in cases when the root cause of the nerve damages (such diabetes) are left untreated. Nerve pain generally begins in the extremities (the hands and feet) and moves its way up the arms and legs towards the spinal cord and brain. But fortunately, in the care of a board-certified hand doctor such as Dr. Rehman, the progression of the nerve damage may be halted or reversed.
In addition to the frustrations of hindered dexterity, numbness or nerve pain in the hands can be dangerous for patients as it impacts muscle strength and coordination.
Patients experiencing numbness due to nerve damage are also urged to undergo regular examinations, as it is possible for the numbness to result in overlooked injuries or joint or skin damage that may not be fely due to the lack of nerve sensation.
Treatment of Nerve Pain in the Hands
Dr. Rehman will work closely with you to control, reduce or eliminate the nerve pain in your hands. Depending on the type of pain, how long it has lasted, and how it has impacted the patient’s life, different pain treatment methods will be prescribed.
In many cases, the first step in stopping or reducing nerve pain in the hands are certain over the counter (OTC) painkillers that may be prescribed. These may include acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). In some cases, OTCs may be incorporated into topical treatments such as creams, gels, or oils to be applied to the treatment area.
In more severe cases, your hand doctor may prescribe more powerful painkillers to treat nerve pain in the hands. In such cases, Detroit area board certified hand doctor Uzma Rehman, DO will work with you to create a specialized treatment plan that will alleviate your nerve pain while minimizing any negative side effects caused by the medication.
Natural Treatment of Nerve Pain in the Hands
At our Detroit area practice we also offer complete physical therapy and rehabilitation services for the treatment of all disorders of the hand, which can be effective in treating certain types of hand pain. And, in rare cases where surgical intervention is necessary, you can trust Dr. Reman who is a board certified hand surgeon.
Some patients experiencing nerve pain in the hands also report responding positively to natural or alternative treatments, such as acupuncture or taking the dietary supplement vitamin B-12. However, it is important for all patients with nerve pain in the hands to discuss such alternative treatments with Dr. Rehman or their board certified hand doctor, to make sure they won’t interfere with your proven, prescribed treatment plan.
And as with almost all other medical issues, treatment for nerve pain in the hands works most effectively in conjunction with exercise, a good diet, and an all-around healthy lifestyle.
Detroit Area Nerve Pain Hand Doctor
Given the number of conditions that could be causing the nerve pain in your hand, it is important to schedule a thorough evaluation with a Board Certified hand surgeon such as Dr. Rehman, in the Detroit area.
Nerve pain of the hand can often be addressed with the systematic application of non-invasive measures that will stop the progression of the nerve damage, alleviate the pain and return you to full functioning.
Doctor Rehman and her team of hand therapists can implement a variety of approaches and modalities to help alleviate pain, build strength and slow the progression of nerve pain. She will assess your individual situation, and prescribe the treatments that are best for your condition.