Pain and Hand Function

  • Sevtap Acer KasmanEmail author
  • Mehmet Tuncay Duruöz


Pain, which is an unpleasant perception, affects patients’ daily living activities in a unique way. Characteristics of pain, such as duration, severity, location, or style, and components of the patient such as physiologic, perceptual, affective, cognitive, and behavioral play major roles in this regard. Hand pain is one of the strongest parameters for determining hand function. Accurate and comprehensive assessment techniques for specific conditions are necessary to draw an optimal road to achieve an ultimate relief and functional status. There are various assessment tools to evaluate hand pain and/or hand function, and we discussed widely used ones in the text. Negative associations between pain and hand function have been simply demonstrated in the literature, however, have not been analyzed systematically. In this chapter, we provide an extensive and practical analysis of these associations.


Pain Hand function Chronic pain components Characteristics of chronic pain Hand pain by regions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationRheumatology Division, Marmara University Medical SchoolIstanbulTurkey

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