Common Areas of Hand Numbness

Peripheral Nerve Distribution

Pink= Median nerve (most commonly due to carpal tunnel syndrome)
Purple = Ulnar nerve (most commonly pinched in elbow, occasionally in wrist or elsewhere)
Green = Radial nerve
Orange = Medial antebrachial cutaneous nerve
Yellow = Lateral antebrachial cutaneous nerve (Musculocutaneous nerve)

Dermatomal Distribution

Brown = C5 distribution
Pint = C6 distribution
Blue = C7 distribution
Yellow = C8 distribution
Green = T1 distribution
Typically from nerves being pinched in the neck
Click here for link to whole body dermatome map

Common Areas of Hand Pain

Red = Carpal tunnel area
Green = Base of thumb arthritis
Dark Blue = Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC)
Purple = DeQuervain's Tendonitis
Pink = Depuytren's Contracture
Light Blue = Skier's Thumb / Gamekeeper's Thumb
Yellow= Common area of ligament tears with wrist injury (Scapholunate ligament tear, luno-triquetral ligament tear, ...)
There are many additional areas of localized pain that can also develop from a variety of arthritic, traumatic or other conditions that an orthopedic hand sugeon, rheumatologist, or neurologist can assess for
Call 708-799-6799 for an appointment

This webpage is designed to provide useful information to people suffering with numb or painful hands.  This is NOT meant to take the place of seeing a medical professional.