Non-Arthritic Finger & Hand Pain


While finger and hand pain is sometimes caused by arthritis, many conditions and situations may cause non-arthritic finger and hand pain. A physician can help determine the cause and devise a treatment plan.

Nerve Problems

  • Possible causes of non-arthritic finger and hand pain related to nerve problems include carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, thoracic outlet syndrome and ulner nerve injury.

Other Conditions

  • Other conditions that may cause hand and finger pain include Dupuytren's contracture, Raynaud's phenomenon, reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome and scapulocostal syndrome.


  • The hands and fingers may ache if they have been injured. Often, previously broken hands or fingers hurt from time to time for years after the injury.


  • Tell your regular family doctor about the finger and hand pain first. He may be able to make a proper diagnosis, but most likely you will need a referral to an orthopedic specialist or a neurologist.


  • Finger and hand pain can be treated with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medication. Physical therapy may help some conditions. Surgery may be required to correct some problems.

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