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Hand Pain

Hand pain can be extremely frustrating and debilitating and can cause problems with simple tasks such as washing, dressing, cooking, writing and eating.

The chartered physiotherapists based at Liverpool Physio are specialists at diagnosing and treating all types of hand pain in order to make everyday tasks easier.

What causes hand pain?

Hand pain has a variety of causes, some of which result from acute trauma and some related to chronic conditions. Causes can be broadly categorised into either groups which relate to the structure causing the pain such as muscular and neuropathic or into groups relating to the cause of the onset of pain such as traumatic, pathological or degenerative.

Due to the complexity of the wrist joint, these categories often overlap meaning that an expert diagnosis by one of our physiotherapists is essential in order to treat your pain effectively.

Common causes include:

What should I do if I have hand pain?

If you have been experiencing hand pain it is important to have an assessment with a physiotherapist as soon as possible to promote a rapid recovery.

Whether you have been experiencing pain for days or even years, our specialists are able to make a huge difference to your life by treating all types of hand pain effectively.

What would a physiotherapy assessment for hand pain involve?

A physiotherapy assessment for hand pain comprises of two sections; a subjective assessment and an objective assessment.

Your physiotherapist will always begin by collecting subjective information about your pain, your symptoms, how they are affecting you and what activities you are having most difficulty with. You will also be asked about any relevant medical history.

The objective, physical, assessment will typically assess range of movement, muscle strength, sensation and include some special tests.

Therapist measuring wrist extension using a goniometerAbove: Therapist measuring wrist extension using a goniometer

What would physiotherapy treatment for hand pain involve?

Following a comprehensive assessment, your physiotherapist will be able to make a diagnosis, offer you advice regarding your prognosis and if physiotherapy would be of benefit to the condition treatment will begin immediately in order to promote your complete recovery.

Treatment options vary dependent upon the condition but a programme may involve:
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Joint mobilisation
  • Splinting
  • Electrotherapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Scar management
  • Advice on activity modification
In general, treatment for hand pain aims to increase function, increase range of movement, decrease pain and promote a speedy return to any sporting or leisure activities.

Where possible, our priority is to return you to the level of activity you had prior to the onset of your hand pain by treating you holistically and effectively.

How can I arrange a physiotherapy assessment for hand pain?

To arrange an assessment please email us at or call our team on 0151 558 0077.


Hand pain can cause huge limitation in fine motor skills and every day function. Cause of hand pain can be a result of injury, degeneration within the joints or due to a specific pathology. Physiotherapy management consisting of exercises, functional adaptation advice, and mobilisations will help you return to normal or reach your maximum potential as quickly as possible.

To book a physiotherapy assessment for your hand pain you can e-mail the team at Liverpool Physio on or call 0151 558 0077.

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