The Hands & EDS/HSD
Updated: Apr 27
Did you know that fingers have no skeletal muscles? Instead, they are controlled by tendons that are attached to muscles located in the hand and wrist. Ligaments then attach the bones of the finger segments, and keep all the tendons in place!
EDS/HSD can affect the structure of the tendons of ligaments in the hands. This can be due to strain or acute injury. Strain can be caused by an array of daily activities, including brushing your teeth, sleeping, writing, drawing, or playing video games.
Because of our lax joints, we are more prone to spontaneous subluxations or dislocations in the hands. The joints often get painful or inflamed, and are not uncommon to occur with minimal trauma.
The most common interventions that can be used to help with finger/hand pain are finger splints and other braces. Finger splints (such as the figure 8 splints) are helpful when you want to control or limit hyperextensibility in your finger joints during the day.
Wrist sleeves or compression gloves are helpful when dealing with generalized hand and wrist pain in EDS/HSD. Compression gloves are helpful in that they help support joints during everyday activities.
Be sure to consult with your primary care physician or other medical professionals in regards to your medical concerns. This text cannot and should not replace advice from the patient's healthcare professionals. Any person who experiences symptoms or feels that something may be wrong should seek individual professional help for evaluation and/or treatment. This post is informative only.