Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
So, your hand pain did not start after a significant injury, there's no swelling, redness or stiffness, there's no bony enlargement of the joints, no numbness, tingling or color changes.
That's good! You have no symptoms that suggest a serious cause of hand pain, but you also have none of the more common symptoms that might suggest the cause. The most likely explanation is tendonitis, an inflammation of one or more tendons in the hand which often causes no swelling or redness. Overuse related to repetitive motion is a common cause, but often no cause can be found. Rest is probably the best treatment. And unless you have been instructed to avoid them, try over-the-counter aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen or acetaminophen.
Contact your doctor if your symptoms persist for more than two weeks.
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