Wrist tendinitis is a condition that most typically happens to individuals who perform repetitive activities using the hand and arm.
In the United States, the incidence of tendinitis as an occupational injury in people who work full time is 1.1 per 100,000. In fact, overuse tendinitis is responsible for 25% to 50% of all sports injuries in the United States.
Typically, it's older individuals who are often more at risk for wrist tendinitis due to a loss of elasticity in the wrist tendons.
Our senior hand therapists and senior physiotherapists help people with wrist tendinitis to
Wrist tendinitis refers to a painful wrist condition where 1 or more tendons in the wrist become inflamed and irritated.
There are several tendons in the wrist that connect the muscles of the forearm and hand to the bones of the wrist and hand. These tendons are the small rope-like structures that you can see connecting to the fingers on the back of your hand.
There are a number of conditions that can affect the tendons in this area.
Several tendons in the wrist can become irritated with wrist tendinitis. Pain symptoms associated with the condition include:
Besides pain, other symptoms include:
Our senior hand therapists and senior physiotherapists will conduct a thorough evaluation of your entire arm to include the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand.
We will ask you to describe the types of activities you normally perform using your arm at home, at work, and for recreation, and which of these activities causes pain or stiffness in the area. You will be asked how long the pain has been occurring and how it is affecting your regular activities of daily living.
We also will check your range of motion and strength in your entire upper arm. We will gently touch specific areas of your wrist and forearm to determine which wrist tendons are involved, and check for any swelling in the area.
Hand therapy and physiotherapy is a highly effective treatment for wrist tendinitis.
You will work with Our senior hand therapists and senior physiotherapists to devise a treatment plan that is specific to your condition and goals.
Your individual hand physiotherapy treatment program may include:
We will help you identify and avoid painful movements, and show you how to correct abnormal postures to reduce stress on the wrist.
We may recommend resting the wrist short-term, and applying cold therapy to the area to help alleviate pain. We also may apply a customized wrist brace to restrict wrist movement, allowing the tendons to heal.
Other pain relief modalities we may use includes
We may use manual therapy techniques, such as
to get your wrist moving properly.
You will learn exercises and stretches to reduce stiffness and help your wrist, hand, and forearm begin to move properly.
We will determine which strengthening exercises are right for you, depending on your specific areas of weakness. The entire arm, including the shoulder, elbow, and wrist, can potentially be weakened and contribute to the movement dysfunction that causes tendinitis.
We will design an individualized home-exercise program to meet your specific needs and goals, which you can continue long after you have completed your formal hand and physical therapy.
Depending on the specific activities you plan on resuming, we will teach you ways to perform actions, while protecting your wrist and hand.
For example, keeping the wrist in a neutral position to reduce excessive force while performing repetitive tasks, and taking frequent breaks are ways to decrease your chances of reinjury.
As your symptoms improve, we will teach you how to correctly perform functional movement patterns using proper wrist mechanics, such as typing on a computer or swinging a racquet.
This training will help you return to pain-free function on the job, at home, and when playing sports.