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
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Do you suffer from pain in your hand(s) that is hard to pinpoint?
→ Don't know
→ 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")