Hand and Arm Pain

Pain in the hands or arms can stem from a wide range of causes and issues in the body.

Whether you have recently fallen, had a blow to your arm or hand, or have noticed a gradual increase of pain in these areas, it’s important to investigate the exact cause of the pain. Only a qualified physician can provide an accurate and reliable assessment of the underlying cause of hand or arm pain.

Treating Hand and Arm Pain – How You Can Help

There are a number of ways you can help prevent hand and arm pain from occurring or reoccurring, for example:

  • Do regular exercises that strengthen your hand and arm muscles
  • Reduce the speed and force of repetitive movements in daily activities such as typing, sweeping, playing sport or writing
  • Shift your position when you hold objects for a longer period of time
  • Wear protective equipment in sports activities
  • Focus on maintaining a healthy, strong posture
  • Ensure your workspace is set up ergonomically and take frequent breaks from sitting down

Identifying the Source of Hand or Arm Pain – What To Look For

If you or another person is experiencing hand pain it could be due to:

  • A fractured bone in the arm
  • A ligament or muscle strain
  • An inflamed tendon
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (a compression of the nerve in the wrist and hand)
  • A ganglion cyst on the hand
  • Arthritis in the arm joints

Common symptoms of hand and arm pain include:

  • Mild deformity and swelling or numbness
  • Pain from moving the hand or arm
  • Difficulty gripping objects
  • Evidence of a firm lump or swelling near the wrist or finger joints
  • Swollen and tender joints

Additionally, when a heart attack occurs people often experience pain in the arm or jaw because the sensory information from the heart follows the same neurological pathways to the brain as the arm. This is why it is highly advisable not to ignore any arm or jaw pain and to contact a qualified physician as soon as possible.

Treating Hand and Arm Pain – How You Can Help

Elastoplast offers a range of hand and arm pain management products to help you protect and care for you and your family.

While you are waiting for a physician, be sure to rest the hand or arm in a comfortable and safe position close to the body. Apply a cold Elastoplast Hot/Cold Pack to the affected area for 20 minutes over a period of 2 hours, to help reduce any swelling.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist contact your healthcare practitioner.

Elastoplast also provides a number of strapping tapes and support bandages to help manage the pain of an injury to the hand or arm, including:

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist contact your healthcare practitioner.

If like most people, you aren’t near a computer when an injury occurs, Elastoplast have developed a helpful and easy-to-use mobile app for fast, injury management advice and tips – download the app here.

Please note that none of the above given tips or recommendations substitute medical advice. Important: consult a health professional in case of an injury or if you suspect overuse of joints or a medical condition such as a fracture. A physician should be consulted in those acute cases when the condition is accompanied by reddening, swelling or hyperthermia of joints, ongoing joint trouble or severe pain and/or are associated with neurological symptoms
(e.g. numbness, tingling, loss of motion).

For further information regarding Elastoplast products, please contact us via email on anz.consumerservices@beiersdorf.com. Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products‘ packages.