What is Tendonitis?
Whenever you see the suffix “itis”, it means inflammation. Therefore, tendonitis of the wrist means an inflamed wrist tendon.
Let’s back it up a little bit though and talk tendons. Tendons are thick cords that connect muscle to bone. When a sudden injury causes a sprain or a strain, inflammation is often caused. However, the condition is not confined to one tendon. Many tendons are neighboring the wrist joint and that become inflamed or injured.
Symptoms of Wrist Tendonitis
Wrist tendonitis pain normally occurs in the morning after you awaken. When applying pressure to the area, it will feel tender. However, mild swelling may occur at the site. It’s also normal for an inflamed tendon to creak when you move about.
Often, the pain is described as a dull ache. However, if the tendonitis is severe, a sharper intense pain may be present.
It’s normal for the condition to cause a decreased range of motion. Therefore, some experience weakness when performing the following actions:
- Using a computer mouse
- Use of a computer game controller
Causes of Tendonitis of The Wrist
When the wrist is working properly it slides back and forth effortlessly. This is thanks to the sheath lined with synovial fluid. Thus, allowing frictionless movements. However, when the wrist is injured, it causes inflammation and the sheath to enlarge and thicken. Which causes restricted movement.
This condition is typically considered a repetitive strain injury. It frequently is triggered by repetitive activities, such as:
- Using a computer
- Working physically
- Playing sports
However, this condition can also be caused by lifestyle habits, for instance:
- Age and/or flexibility
- Sudden injury (falling on, hitting, or bending the wrist)
- Poorly positioned joints or bones
- Weak wrist posture
Treatment of Wrist Tendonitis
There are many treatment plans for tendinitis. However, common treatment methods include:
- Splints & compression
- Hot and cold therapy
- Physical therapy
- Acetaminophen & nonsteroidal
- Corticosteroid injections
- Occupational therapy
Surgical options are available for extreme cases. Having surgery increases the space between tendons. However, this procedure is rarely necessary.