People typically simply ascribe pain and discomfort in their hands to "arthritis." Though arthritis is common, most cases of nontraumatic hand pain are due to hand overuse or tendinitis. Carpal tunnel syndrome is very common in the general population and can affect 1-5% of people, independent of their jobs or occupations. Fortunately, whether the cause of the symptoms is arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or tendinitis, most patients can improve through nonoperative measures. Injuries also can change our lives very quickly. It is best to always get an early, thorough evaluation by the appropriate specialist. Delaying treatment can often lead to worsening, less correctable problem. Most injuries can be addressed quickly and expediently through splinting and early restoration of function.