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Your Hand or Finger Bruise May Also be Known as:
Arm bruising
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Hand bruising
Hand is bruised

Top 5 Hand or Finger Bruise Causes

  1. 1.Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway filled with ligament and bones at the base of your hand. It contains nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the nerve to be compressed. Symptoms usually start gradually, and as they worsen, grasping objects can become difficult.

    Early diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent permanent nerve damage. Your doctor will diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome with a physical exam and special nerve tests. Treatment includes resting your hand, splints, pain and anti-inflammatory medicines. If symptoms do not improve with these less invasive treatments, your physician may recommend surgery.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous shoulder pain, hand weakness, wrist pain, pain in one hand, weakness in one hand
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Bruised Hand

    A bruise occurs when small blood vessels break and leak their contents into the soft tissue beneath the skin, which causes the purple color of the bruise.

    You do not need treatment. It looks like a simple, uncomplicated bruise, which should heal on it's own in the next few days.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one hand, hand pain from an injury, hand injury, swelling of one hand, palm bruise
    Symptoms that always occur with bruised hand:
    hand injury, hand pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  3. 3.Brachial Plexopathy

    The brachial plexus is a complex nerve network located in the upper chest deep to the collar bone, which supplies the shoulder, arm, forearm, and hand. Damage to the brachial plexus is usually due to mechanical injury or trauma, and can interfere with normal nerve function causing numbness, pain, and/or weakness.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss these symptoms. It is likely the doctor will perform a thorough physical exam, and in many cases refer you to a specialist, physical therapist, or both. A professional evaluation is very important, as surgical treatment might be required for a brachial plexus nerve injury.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one arm, shoulder pain that shoots to the arm, arm weakness, numbness in one arm, shoulder pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow

    Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow is the compression of the ulnar nerve, causing numbness and/or weakness in the hands.

    You should visit your primary care physician. Diagnosis is made by looking at your symptoms and confirmed with a test of the nerves. Treatment depends on severity. If no weakness, splinting and physical therapy. If weakness, surgery to decompress the nerve.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    hand weakness, pain in one hand, numbness in one hand, weakness in one hand, pain in one elbow
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Repetitive Strain Injury of the Hand

    Repetitive strain injury of the hand is caused by consistent repetitive use.

    You do not need treatment, just rest from your overuse. Wearing a brace and physical therapy might be helpful.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    hand numbness, hand weakness, hand pain from overuse
    Symptoms that always occur with repetitive strain injury of the hand:
    hand pain from overuse
    Symptoms that never occur with repetitive strain injury of the hand:
    hand injury, severe hand pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Hand or Finger Bruise

  • Q.How badly bruised is your hand?
  • Q.How long has your hand bruising been going on?
  • Q.Is the hand pain affecting:
  • Q.Did you recently injure your hand or fingers?

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Hand or Finger Bruise Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced hand or finger bruise have also experienced:

    • 20% Hand Pain
    • 15% Hand Swelling
    • 10% Wrist Pain
  • People who have experienced hand or finger bruise had symptoms persist for:

    • 43% Less Than a Day
    • 33% Less Than a Week
    • 11% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced hand or finger bruise were most often matched with:

    • 31% Bruised Hand
    • 15% Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • 10% Brachial Plexopathy

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