What is palm pain?

Palm pain can result from damage or injury to any of the structures in your palm, including bones, joints, tendons, nerves, muscles, blood vessels, connective tissue, or skin. The symptoms may be constant or they may vary, and they may improve or worsen with movement. You might describe your palm pain as sharp, dull, stabbing, burning or throbbing, and ranging in intensity from mild to severe. Sometimes, pain perceived in the palms is actually referred pain that originates from injury or disease elsewhere in the body.

Depending on the cause, palm pain may be present in only one or both of your palms. Arthritis is a cause of palm pain, along with injuries and trauma. In other cases, palm pain may be related to a chronic underlying disease that affects other regions of the body.

Diseases or conditions that affect the nerves and muscles, such as diabetic neuropathy and cerebral palsy, can be associated with symptoms that involve both the arms and the hands. Disorders of the spine, such as infection, fracture, tumor, or disc disease, often produce symptoms in the arms and hands.

The duration and course of palm pain vary widely, depending on the cause. Injuries resulting in symptoms often have an obviously sudden onset. In other cases, palm pain resulting from wear-and-tear damage to your body develops slowly and persists or worsens over time.

Palm pain alone is rarely a serious condition. However, if palm pain is associated with other symptoms it may be a sign of something serious. If palm pain occurs with the sudden onset of weakness or numbness in the arms or hands, especially if it occurs on only one side of your body, it can be a sign of stroke. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you have sudden weakness, paralysis or numbness in your hands.

If your palm pain is persistent or causes you concern, seek prompt medical care.

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with palm pain?

Palm pain may be accompanied by other symptoms, depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that affect the palm may also involve other systems of your body.... Read more about palm painsymptoms

CAUSES

What causes palm pain?

Disease or injury of any of the structures in the hand or palm can result in palm pain. Symptoms may arise from neuromuscular conditions, inflammatory conditions, infections, or diseases that affect the blood flow to the palms.... Read more about palm paincauses

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