Your hands are complex structures that you rely heavily upon to perform everyday tasks. For both of these reasons, it may come as no surprise that there are a variety of ways that hand pain can occur. Hand pain can result from a number of different physical conditions, as well as injuries involving the hand, such as sprains or fractures. Winter is one of the worst seasons for hand injuries. Snow, ice and other slick conditions regularly lead to slips and falls, and falling on an outstretched hand is a particularly common cause of hand injuries.
Your hands are made up of many different moving parts. There are 27 bones, more than 120 ligaments, 29 joints, 48 nerves, and 17 muscles in each hand. That doesn’t count the muscles of the forearm, which control the fingers, and the tendons attached to them. This complex system provides the wide range of motion and functionality that your hands are capable of. However, the great number of moving parts means that there are also many opportunities for injury and dysfunction.