Wrist tendonitis is a painful condition where the tendons connecting the thumb to the wrist become inflamed. The tendons here typically run against a narrow sheath, but inflamed or irritated tendons will swell and overlap this sheath. Wrist tendonitis causes both pain, discomfort and swelling in the affected area, making it difficult for the individual to perform everyday tasks like writing, typing, reading or even holding a drink.
One of the most common causes of wrist tendonitis is from constant repetitive motion and overuse of the wrist. Individuals with desk jobs forcing them to type in front of a computer for 8 or more hours a day are more likely to develop the condition. Constantly moving your wrists in the same motion over and over may cause swelling (AKA inflammation) in the tendons; thus, leading to wrists tendonitis.
Physical injury or force trauma may also cause wrist tendonitis. It’s not uncommon for individuals to develop the condition after experiencing an automobile accident. Aggressively hitting your wrist against part of the vehicle or a nearby object will cause the tendons to swell. In addition, it can also knock the boney sheath out of place, making it difficult for your tendons to function properly.
Taking a couple of minutes to stretch your wrists and arms every hour can help reduce the chance of tendonitis from developing. Just hold your hands out and gently roll your wrists in a clockwise motion a couple of times. You can also interlock your fingers with your palms facing out and stretch your hands and arms. These are just a few simple ways to stretch your wrists while reducing the chance of tendonitis.
Try to get into the habit of stretching your arms and wrists at least once every hour. Whether your are at work or home, performing basic stretching motions with your wrists will naturally protect them against tendonitis.
Because wrist tendonitis is characterized by inflammation, placing an ice pack on the affected area may offer some minor temporary relief. Ice will draw blood away from the affected area, reducing swelling of the tendons. Taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID), such as ibuprofen or aspirin, can also reduce swelling. Of course, these are temporary forms of treatment that won’t fix the underlying problem.
If you are suffering from wrist tendonitis, you should schedule an appointment with your chiropractor. They are trained to identify misaligned tendons and bones that could be causing your condition. After a thorough examination, a professional chiropractor will advise you on the best course of treatment for your particular case of wrist tendonitis. A manual manipulation may help to guide misaligned tendons or bones back into their normal position. Your chiropractor may also recommend lifestyle changes so the affected tendon, or tendons, will have time to heal.
Wrist tendonitis is a painful condition that can greatly lower your quality of life. The painful throbbing sensation makes it nearly impossible to perform basic activities involving the hands. Thankfully, professional chiropractors are fully trained to identify and treat common forms of wrist tendonitis.Share