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:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

Luckily, wrist tendonitis and its associated symptoms can be effectively treated by nonsurgical treatment options.

How is Wrist Tendonitis Treated?

A typical wrist tendonitis treatment program may include:

  1. Activity modification. Slowing down or stopping activities that produce pain.
  2. Splinting or bracing. A splint or brace helps hold the wrist is a neutral position.
  3. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Over-the-counter and prescription medications that decrease inflammation and pain.
  4. Cortisone injections. Anti-inflammatory medication is injected into the affected area.
  5. 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.