Our hands are an important part of our lives. They allow us to communicate, hold loved ones, feel objects, play sports, and more. When your hands begin to ache or lose strength, it can be difficult to do all the things you love, and even a simple handshake can hurt. Thankfully, there are now many options available to manage or correct hand pain. It is important to look out for the following signs which could be telling you it is time to see a board-certified hand surgeon.

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Limited mobility

Limited mobility typically feels like a slow tightening of joints. Common signs of this may be an inability to open jars or difficulty turning door knobs. If at any time you struggle to close your hand into a fist or a tightness in your hand interferes with daily functions, it may be time to consult a specialist.

Severe pains

Small pain here and there in your hands is common due to constant use and can be remedied on the spot with pressure massages or ice. However, symptoms such as shooting pain, a constant dull ache, numbness, or a low burning, can all be signs of a more severe diagnosis. As a general rule of thumb, any persisting pain in your hand should be discussed with a professional as it may be a sign of joint or nerve damage.


One of the most common diagnoses with hands is carpal tunnel syndrome. An early sign of this is a lack of strength. If you’ve noticed yourself dropping things more frequently or struggling to do things such as firmly hold a pen or pencil, this may be a sign of carpal tunnel and should be discussed with a doctor.  

Listening to your body is one of the most important aspects of self-care. If you notice any of these symptoms with your hands, it may be time to consult with a specialist at the MSA Hand Center and discuss treatment options. Our board-certified hand surgeon and hand therapists are here to help!