Why are my fingers so swollen?

Why Are My Fingers Swollen?

We require the use of our hands for most of the tasks that we perform every day, so swollen fingers can be uncomfortable or even painful. If you’re wondering why your fingers are swollen, you shouldn’t ignore it. There are several different conditions that can cause swollen fingers. Many of these can be treated effectively by a physical therapist. 

Are you wondering why your fingers are swollen? If so, learn about some possible causes of swollen fingers that can be treated with physical therapy. 

Why are my fingers swollen?

  • Finger sprain — After an injury, the body produces an inflammatory response that commonly causes swelling. A hand injury like a sprained finger can be the cause behind your swollen fingers. This occurs when the ligaments in the finger are torn or stretched. 
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome Carpal tunnel syndrome is a chronic condition that occurs when the median nerve is compressed or becomes irritated. This usually happens due to a swelling in the wrist. However, it can cause swelling in the hands or even the fingers. This can also cause pain, but other symptoms might include numbness or tingling. 
  • Gout — An excessive amount of uric acid in the body can cause gout. The uric acid can be stored in the joints, which results in pain and swelling. Gout usually affects the feet, but it can also occur in the fingers. Gout can be caused by excessive alcohol consumption or even overeating. 
  • Tendinitis — Since we use our fingers every day, tendinitis can occur. This condition is the result of straining the tendons in the fingers. It causes inflammation, which can cause the fingers to swell up. Other symptoms include pain and stiffness in the fingers. 
  • Arthritis Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which occurs from wear and tear. This usually affects adults over 65 but can occur earlier too. Arthritis can affect the fingers and cause them to swell. 

Excel Sports & Physical Therapy is ready to treat your swollen fingers 

Are you wondering, “Why are my fingers swollen?” Physical therapy can help reduce your symptoms. Our team of experts at Excel Sports & Physical Therapy is ready to help alleviate your finger swelling. Our physical therapists are prepared to build you a personalized treatment plan to manage your swollen fingers and to strengthen your hand to promote finger flexibility. 

Contact our team today for more information about how physical therapy can treat swollen fingers or to schedule an initial appointment.