Tendonitis in your wrist is painful and restricts your ability to do daily activities.  Take a look below are some wrist tendonitis treatment ideas that can help alleviate the symptoms.

 

Wrist Tendonitis

There are many tendons around your wrist joint.  They connect the muscles of your forearm to the bones of your hand and fingers. Wrist tendonitis, (or wrist tenosynovitis), tends to occur due to recurrent irritation of a tendon and its sheath. One or more tendons can be affected.

Symptoms of wrist tendonitis include pain, irritation, and inflammation around the wrist joint. Sometimes a creaking called crepitus may be felt when moving the wrist. The goal of tendonitis treatment is to reduce the swelling and inflammation.

7 Wrist Tendonitis Treatment Ideas

1. Rest

  • It is important to rest your wrist if you have wrist tendonitis. It is often caused by overusing the joint, so continuing to use it while it’s inflamed will prevent healing and can matters worse.
  • Elevate your wrist above the level of your heart. This helps reduce the inflammation.

2. Immobilization

Placing your wrist in a splint/brace helps rest your wrist. It helps prevent you from bending your wrist during everyday activities. As a result, the tendons don’t have to work as much and it allows the area to heal.

3. Icing

  • Icing your wrist can help ease the pain and inflammation caused by tendonitis.
  • Apply an ice pack, or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel, to the area for 15-to-20-minute periods throughout the day.

4. Ergonomic Aids

Wrist tendonitis can be caused, or made worse, by using the wrist joint too much or improperly.

  • If your job or daily activities means you use your wrist a lot, then it is important to be conscious of how you are holding your hands and wrists.
  • Working with a computer keyboard or mouse involves using your wrist joint so you should avoid bending it in an up and down motion. There are specialized keyboards, mouse pads and other tools available that allow your wrist to rest while working.
  • Be sure to take frequent breaks or alternate between tasks.
  • If the pain is severe or you have had the condition for some time, use combs, toothbrushes, utensils and other grooming devices that have large non-slip handles. Using these types of aids mean you don’t have to hold these objects so tightly which lessens the strain on the tendons in your wrist.

5. Anti-Inflammatory Medications

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications can help control the pain and decrease inflammation and swelling of the soft tissues. Cortisone injections are a more powerful anti-inflammatory treatment option if the pain is severe. However, too many injections can weaken tendons over time.

6. Hand therapy

Hand therapy is a specialized type of therapy. Hand therapists use techniques such as stretching and strengthening exercises, and electrical stimulation. They can also provide you with splints and supports designed for you.

7. Exercise

Once the pain and inflammation have reduced, it is time to begin a daily program of gentle stretching and strength training exercises. Regular stretching helps keep the joint flexible and strengthens the muscles. Here are 10 exercises to try.

See your doctor if there is no improvement after a couple of weeks or if these treatments do not help. Sometimes, surgery is needed if other treatments fail.

Tendonitis of the wrist is a painful condition that can restrict your ability to do daily activities.  Wrist tendonitis treatment includes simple steps you can take to help ease the symptoms and prevent the condition from becoming worse and more disabling.