Tendonitis of the wrist is quite common among athletes; over a quarter of all athletic injuries involve injuries to the wrist or hand. Overuse injuries to the wrist usually involves tendonitis, tenosynovitis, stress fractures and tunnel syndromes (ie. carpal tunnel syndrome). The wrist provides positioning and support for the hand, combining strength, specific positioning and stability with a wide range of movement.
Tendons in the wrist are closely attached to the joint, and this results in high tension in these tendons when powering wrist movement. The anatomy of the wrist is essentially unstable, relying on the restraint of many tendons, muscles and ligaments to prevent collapse of the carpal bones. Any condition affecting the function of the wrist tendons will definitely result in a reduction of grip strength.
Injury to tendons in the wrist typically originate from work related movement (usually from forceful repetitive actions) or from sport activities that involve forced, repetitive overuse of the write. Clarity in determining cause is difficult, as factors such as gender, neurogenic (nerve), hormones and mechanics influence the level of risk for wrist tendonitis.
Wrist Tendonitis Treatment
The wrist will continue to be inflamed until you allow it to rest from the pain causing activity. Continued damage will cause chronic inflammation, secondary adhesion and general degeneration of the tendon. The tendon sheath itself with probably be injured as the tendon swells, increasing the pain of the condition. When treating the wrist tendon(s), rest the area, apply cold compression for 10-20 minutes at a time for at least 3 times a day. Do this to the injured area for the first day to 3 days of inflammation. Soft Tissue Regeneration Therapy may be used after the acute swelling is improved; the T•Shellz Wrap® will stimulate blood flow and minimize the build up of scar tissue around the tendon during the healing process, helping the bicep tendon heal more quickly.
Often when a tendon injury occurs, the injured area is rested a bit, a pain killer is taken and we continue on with our normal activities. If the strain was minor, the body may be able to heal the tendon fibers normally. Unfortunately, this is not the usual result because the injured tendon is being used instead of rested. Because of the stress on the tendon, the body heals the injured fibers by binding them together with fibrotic adhesions or scar tissue. This is done in an attempt to prevent further damage to the injured area. It is a normal protective response of the body.
The trick to any tendon injury is getting it to heal with minimal scar tissue formation and with as much realignment of tendon fibers as possible. To achieve this, your doctor will most likely recommend up to 6 months of conservative treatment therapy. Even with optimum healing there is always less elasticity in a previously injured tendon. The trick is to make sure you heal it the best you can, that way your chance of re-injury down the road is much lower than average - which is well over 50%.
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During your recovery, you will probably have to modify and/or eliminate any activities that cause pain or discomfort at the location of your soft tissue injury until the pain and inflammation settle. Always consult your doctor and/or Physical Therapist before using any of our outstanding products, to make sure they are right for you and your condition. The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results!