Wrist Tendonitis
Wrist Tendonitis

What is Wrist Tendonitis?

Wrist tendonitis is a condition in which the flexor and/or extensor tendons of the wrist become irritated and inflamed due to overuse (usually during athletics or activities that involve lots of wrist movement). Common symptoms of wrist tendonitis include wrist:
  • Wrist pain
  • Stiffness in the wrist
  • Swelling in the wrist
  • Tenderness

What Causes Tendonitis of the Wrist?

Wrist tendonitis typically occurs due to overuse of the wrist. Overuse can happen as a result of writing with a pen and paper, using a mouse, playing video games, texting, performing strenuous labor, or playing sports.

How is it Diagnosed?

To diagnose wrist tendonitis, Dr. Donnelly will begin with a physical exam. Most cases of wrist tendonitis can be detected by feeling and stretching the wrist to determine whether the tendons are inflamed.

Treatment Options

Non Surgical

Luckily, wrist tendonitis and its associated symptoms can be effectively treated by nonsurgical treatment options. A typical wrist tendonitis treatment program may include:
  • Activity modification

    Slowing down or stopping activities that produce pain.

  • Splinting or bracing

    A splint or brace helps hold the wrist in a neutral position.

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

    Over-the-counter and prescription medications that decrease inflammation and pain.

  • Cortisone injections

    Anti-inflammatory medication is injected into the affected area.

  • Physical therapy

    Different types of treatment modalities and stretching and strengthening exercises.


Surgical intervention is rarely necessary and something that should be discussed on an individual patient basis.

Recovery Time

Recovery time will vary based on the type of tendonitis and the treatment method used. Most cases of wrist tendonitis heal within a few weeks.