Wrist tendonitis is when the tendons in the wrist become irritated and inflamed. This causes wrist pain that can affect all areas of your daily life, from writing to cooking, to fitness and driving. Symptoms of wrist tendonitis include:
- Stiffness and pain in the wrist
- Soreness and tenderness when pressure is applied
- Restricted range of motion in the wrist joint
- Swelling that may be accompanied by redness or heat
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t wait to see a physiotherapist. Early treatment will help you improve faster, minimising your risk of recurring injuries.
Physiotherapy for wrist tendonitis
Physiotherapy is an effective treatment for wrist tendonitis. Your Sports Focus physio can put you on a personalised physiotherapy program that includes:
Your physiotherapy treatment will control the inflammation, allowing the tendon to heal. Your Sports Focus physio will help you detect and avoid painful movements and help you correct incorrect postures to reduce stress on the wrist. Depending on your injury, a wrist splint may be applied to help the tendons heal.
Depending on your specific injury, your physio can identify appropriate strengthening exercises for you. This addresses the movement dysfunction that leads to tendonitis. A personalised program will help you meet your individual needs and goals. You can continue doing these exercises after your treatment cycle has been completed.
Range of motion exercises
We can take you through stretches and exercises to reduce stiffness in the wrist, hand and arm and enable you to start moving adequately again.
When your symptoms start to improve, we may start showing you how to correct dysfunctional movement patterns. For instance, we can show you the right position for typing on a keyboard. This will help you return to your daily activities pain-free. It will also help you avoid doing further damage to your wrist tendons.
If you’re experiencing any pain or stiffness in your wrist, make sure you give Sports Focus Physiotherapy a call. We’ll help treat the injury so you can keep on with your normal day-to-day activities.