Repetitive injury or sudden trauma of the wrist may lead to development of wrist tendonitis. Repetitive stress traumas are often found out to be the cause or at least to significantly contribute to this problem. This includes working with some vibrating equipment every day or performing repetitive movements of the fingers frequently, because these activities may provoke wrist tendinitis.
What to Do about Wrist Tendonitis?
If you have been diagnosed with acute writs tendonitis or you suspect to have this problem, stop actions that make the pain worse. You may also try to correct body posture during these activities, for this has been known to be helpful. Many people working on computer discovered that the pain subsided once they sit properly and place their body and wrists properly. Frequent breaks during work, to rest the hand are also beneficial, as well as some absorbing pads and gloves, for vibrating tools. Or simply try changing the grip on the machine because this too may help you.
When doing anything that includes movement and engagement of the wrist maintain make sure to correct your body mechanics. For injured wrist, you may also try to play with other muscles, than those harmed, in order to maintain healthy wrist(s).
In general, try to be fit and healthy, control your body weight and exercise regularly. Everyone already knows that physically strong body is less likely to experience some injuries than body of someone who doesn’t exercise.
How to Treat Wrist Tendonitis?
Wrist tendonitis may be treated at home. Try icing hurt wrist, because this way you will decrease inflammation due to the injury and increase blood flow. Some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be helpful to reduce inflammation, swelling and pain you are feeling. There are over the counter NSAIDs available at every pharmacy, so ask your pharmacist or your doctor what will work best for you. Remember, never use these drugs while exercising or performing some activity with injured wrist, because you may end up worsening the problem. Take the drugs at rest and they will ease the pain and swelling. Proper exercise is also important, but only after the symptoms decreased.
Most doctors will recommend icing the injured wrist or wearing wrist splints to decrease the chance of further injuries. They usually advise using NSAIDs and sometimes ultrasound therapy, as well as corticosteroid (cortisone) injections. As mentioned, proper exercise and some physical therapy are advisable once the condition improves, because it will strengthen the injured part of the body.