What Are The Symptoms of Nerve Damage in Your Hand?

At the Florida Hand Center, a majority of our patients from the Port Charlotte and Fort Myers areas come to us complaining of hand pain and other symptoms related to nerve damage. A number of conditions can cause such symptoms to occur, including cubital tunnel syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, or even arthritis and other types of joint conditions—virtually, anything that leads to inflammation or compression of a nerve.

Our hand surgeon staff uses best-practice diagnostic techniques to determine the underlying causes and contributing factors so that optimal treatment can be initiated. We’re also proud to offer a free hand screening for anyone who has concerns about their arm and hand health, especially if they have symptoms of nerve damage in the hand. 

Common Symptoms of Nerve Damage in the Hand

The specific symptoms you may experience due to nerve damage in the hand largely depends on the severity of the injury, the location of the nerve damage, and the specific nerve affected (such as the radial, ulnar, or median nerve). Common symptoms can include:

  • Pain in the wrist, palm, and/or fingers (this pain is often described as sharp, burning, searing, or shooting)
  • Numbness, tingling, and "pins and needles" sensations in the forearm, palm, and/or fingers
  • The need to "shake out" the hand

With prolonged nerve damage or compression, more severe and long-lasting symptoms can develop. For instance, muscle wasting may occur, so a part of the hand may look smaller or deformed. This weakening, along with sensation impairments, can make it difficult to perform tasks like typing on a keyboard, buttoning up a shirt, or gripping and holding objects with the hand. 

Wondering if Your Hand Pain is Caused by Nerve Damage? Schedule a Free Hand Screening Today at the Florida Hand Center

The sooner you seek out hand treatment for your uncomfortable symptoms, the better your chances of recovery are from any existing nerve damage. Contact the team at the Florida Hand Center today by calling (941) 257-3470 to schedule your free hand screening or to speak with a knowledgeable hand surgeon in Port Charlotte or Fort Myers.