Wrist Tendonitis is a common occupational and sports injury that occurs
due to overuse of the wrist. Sportspersons, machine handlers, carpenters,
painters, working at computer and construction workers are often at risk
because they use their hands and wrists extensively. It affects the tendons
in the wrist and leads to swelling and inflammation. Tendons are thick
bands of tissues that connect the muscles to bones and with every contraction
and relaxation of muscles, the tendons move. To offer a low friction and
smooth movement, the tendons have sheaths in between them. Due to excessive
repetition and high force, the sheaths become inflamed and restrict the
gliding movement, which further causes pain and stiffness.
- Overuse of the wrist
- Falling on outstretched hand
- Repetitive gripping of hand
- Repeatedly using vibrating equipment
- Forceful movement
- Straining wrist with increased activity level
- Arthritis, diabetes and other infections
- Pain that extends to hand and arm
- Lack of smoothness in muscles
- Tenderness and numbness
- Swelling in the wrist
- Inflammation in the wrist and surrounding areas
A doctor thoroughly examines the wrist and diagnoses the reasons of wrist
tendonitis. If required, he may also recommend an X-ray, MRI, Ultrasound
or a CT scan to access the severity of the condition.
Wrist Tendonitis can be treated by physiotherapy and the patient is advised
to take rest and discontinue any activity that increases pain until all
symptoms disappear. The activities that need to be avoided include gripping
activities, carrying and lifting. By taking proper rest, the patient promotes
healing and by ignoring the symptoms the problem may aggravate. If the
condition becomes chronic, the healing slows down and one should immediately
hand surgeon. In the initial stage resting, regular icing, using compression bandages
and keeping the arm elevated greatly helps. Doctors can also prescribe
anti-inflammatory medicines to reduce swelling and to speed up healing.
The patients can be advised to do specific flexibility and strengthening
exercises to enhance healing and rehabilitation. In some severe cases,
surgery can be required. During surgery, the surgeon releases the tendon
sheath to facilitate the tendon movement and thus resolves the issue.
They even remove inflammatory tissue, which further creates more space
for the tendon to move freely.
Visit the hand and wrist surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco TX for complete
diagnosis and treatment of Wrist Tendonitis. They can be located at 5757
Warren Pkwy, Suite 180, Frisco, TX 75034. You can also call at (214) 618-5502
to request an appointment.