Hand Pain

OPA treats a wide variety of upper extremity conditions and offers comprehensive treatment options — including many non-surgical solutions.

What is Hand Pain?

The human hand has 27 bones: the carpus or wrist account for 8; the metacarpus or palm contains 5; the remaining 14 are digital bones, your fingers and thumb. Hand pain is extremely common because the hand is constantly in use. Manual laborers, athletes, and active individuals are most at risk.

Common Causes:

    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Hand & Finger Fractures
    • Trigger Finger
    • Arthritis of the Hand
    • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
    • Ganglion Cysts
    • Sprained Ligaments

When you arrive for your initial consultation, an Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) Upper Extremity Specialist will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care.

When diagnosing a Hand Pain, our experts will provide:

      • A medical, injury, and symptom history review
      • A physical examination
      • Multiple view x-rays ( to rule out a fracture)

Once an official diagnosis is made, a customized treatment plan is prescribed. Treatment plans decrease symptoms as quickly as possible.

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options treat the majority of hand pain. Treatment options help reduce symptoms. The following are commonly prescribed:

RICE Method

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) decreases swelling, inflammation, and pain.


Decrease inflammation and pain.

Activity Modification
Reduces or stops symptom causing activities.

Schedule Appointment with Our Hand | Wrist | Elbow Team


The OPA team includes Alaska’s leading specialists and offers some of the latest, most advanced treatment procedures available today.

OPA treats a wide variety of conditions and offers comprehensive treatment options — including many non-surgical solutions, minimally invasive arthroscopies (repairs) and total joint replacement.

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