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10 Potential Palm Bruise Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  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.

    Recovery time varies depending on treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous shoulder pain, hand weakness, wrist pain, weakness in one hand, pain in both hands
    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.

    1-2 weeks

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    hand injury, hand pain from an injury, pain in one hand, swelling of one hand, palm bruise
    Symptoms that always occur with bruised hand:
    hand injury, hand pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.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.

    Mild symptoms resolve on their own, severe disease resolves with surgery

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    hand weakness, weakness in one hand, numbness in one hand, pain in one elbow, pain in one forearm
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

    De Quervain's tenosynovitis is a painful condition affecting the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist. If you have de Quervain's tenosynovitis, you will feel pain upon turning your wrist, grasping anything, or making a fist.

    4-6 weeks with treatment

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    hand numbness, thumb pain, hand weakness, weakness in one hand, numbness in one hand
    Symptoms that always occur with de quervain's tenosynovitis:
    thumb pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Raynaud Phenomenon

    Primary Raynaud phenomenon is a disorder of the blood vessels, usually in the fingers and toes, which causes the blood vessels to narrow when feeling cold or stressed. When this happens, blood can't get to the surface of the skin and the affected areas turn white and blue.

    This condition is considered irreversible, but it should not prevent you from living a healthy life.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    distal numbness, cold toe, cold fingers, spontaneous toe pain, spontaneous finger pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  6. 6.Nail Infection (Paronychia)

    Paronychia is an infection of the nail folds, typically caused by Staph. Aureus. Or a fungus.

    Great prognosis. Recovery in the next two weeks

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous finger pain, fingernail pain, fingernail swelling
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  7. 7.Jammed Finger

    Jammed fingers are common in sports but may occur during daily activity.

    2-3 weeks

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    recent finger injury, finger pain from an injury, swollen finger, finger joint stiffness, finger bruise
    Symptoms that always occur with jammed finger:
    recent finger injury, finger pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Broken Hand

    A fracture (break) in one or more of the hand bones. Some hand fractures require wearing a splint or a cast. Some need to be repaired with surgery.

    1-2 months with treatment

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    hand injury, hand pain from an injury
    Symptoms that always occur with broken hand:
    hand pain from an injury, hand injury
    Symptoms that never occur with broken hand:
    spontaneous hand pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  9. 9.Normal Thumb Pain

    Thumb pain can be caused by a host of things, but is often idiopathic (without cause).

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    thumb pain
    Symptoms that always occur with normal thumb pain:
    thumb pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  10. 10.Wrist Bone (Scaphoid) Fracture

    A fracture is the medical term for a broken bone. When a person falls on their outstretched hand, the scaphoid is the bone that is most likely to break. It is located on the thumb side of the wrist, in the area where the wrist bends.

    Wrist bone fractures take about 10-16 weeks to heal.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    hand weakness, swollen thumb, wrist pain that gets worse when gripping something, difficulty moving the thumb, wrist pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Palm Bruise

  • Q.Where exactly is your hand pain?
  • Q.Did you recently injure your hand or fingers?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Where is your hand area swelling?

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Palm Bruise Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced palm bruise have also experienced:

    • 12% Hand Pain
    • 7% Thumb Pain
    • 7% Swelling of One Hand
  • People who have experienced palm bruise had symptoms persist for:

    • 43% Less Than a Day
    • 34% Less Than a Week
    • 12% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced palm bruise were most often matched with:

    • 10% Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • 9% Bruised Hand
    • 7% Ulnar Nerve Entrapment of Elbow
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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