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Most problems will start to improve within 8-24 weeks

Hand, wrist, finger and thumb pain can be the symptom of many different conditions. Sometimes it is difficult to know what is causing the area to be painful, as there may not have been an obvious reason. Often they can become painful a few days after doing an activity that is different for you.

For some people their pain may be the result of injury sustained whilst playing sport or from a fall or cut.

Most problems will start to improve within 8-24 weeks.

Symptoms to check

Click the plus sign to see a list of problems that could be a sign you may need to be checked urgently

Get advice from 111 now if:

  • the pain is severe and started after an injury or accident, like a fall
  • if you have cut yourself and can no longer move your fingers or wrist normally
  • you heard a snap, grinding or popping noise at the time of an injury
  • you are unable to move or hold things
  • your hand or wrist has changed shape or colour
  • you have a very high temperature, feel hot and shivery, and have redness or heat around the hand, wrist or fingers – this can be a sign of infection
  • you have any severe tingling or loss of sensation in your hand and it wont go away

Immediate medical advice is available by contacting NHS 111

Exercises & Resources area

Exercises & Resources

If you already have a diagnosis from a medical professional you may find some of the following links more helpful:

If your pain persists, or you are not sure what to do you can self-refer to see a local physiotherapist who can help you with your problem