Wrist Tendonitis Treatment

wrist-tendonitisWrist tendonitis (also called deQuervain’s tendonitis or tenosynovitis) is an inflammation of the tendons that cross the wrist and attach to the thumb. If you have deQuervain’s tendonitis, it hurts to bend, extend or turn your wrist or form a fist with the thumb tucked inside.

Activities such as writing, knitting and gripping something with your hand become uncomfortable. Pain is usually located in the front of the wrist and worsens with activity. Other symptoms include sensitivity to touch, limited mobility, and wrist weakness.

There are many causes of tendonitis of the wrist, including:

  • Biomechanical problems
  • Arm injury
  • Overuse/repetitive motion (such as throwing, catching, bowling, typing or sewing)
  • Starting a new exercise/activity
  • Pregnancy
  • Inflammatory arthritis

If detected early, tendonitis can be treated with steroids or anti-inflammatory medications. Advanced cases may require surgery.