Hand Pain That Is Hard To Pinpoint

What Causes Hand Pain?

Hand pain can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose hand pain, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "hand pain" as a symptom.  For example, torticollis.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
non-specific arm pain
minor shoulder pain
pain between shoulder blades
slight neck pain
recent onset neck pain
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of hand pain.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate problems with limbs, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you suffer from pain in your hand(s) that is hard to pinpoint?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Yes, slight
→ Yes, moderate
→ Yes, severe
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no hand pain, non-specific hand pain or severe non-specific hand pain, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Torticollis (Loxia, "Wryneck").

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