Physical Therapy for Wrist Tendinitis



Wrist tendinitis, sometimes called De Quervain’s syndrome, is a painful swelling of the tendons at the base of the thumb side of your wrist. The condition is usually caused by repetitive motion, and is therefore referred to as a repetitive strain injury, or RSI. However, wrist tendinitis has also been associated with pregnancy and rheumatoid arthritis.

While some might assume that modern computer use with its repetitive wrist action is to blame, wrist tendinitis has been around for as long as humankind has been using tools. Activities like driving screws, wielding a hammer, knitting, kneading bread or even milking a cow may all lead to RSI of the wrist.

Symptoms of Wrist Tendinitis

Symptoms may vary from one individual to the next, but the most common symptoms of wrist tendinitis include:

  • Pain on the thumb side of the wrist, appearing gradually or suddenly
  • Worsened pain when grasping objects or twisting the wrist
  • Swelling over the thumb side of the wrist, sometimes accompanied by a fluid-filled cyst
  • Difficulty moving the thumb and wrist
  • Catching or snapping sensation when moving the thumb
  • Numbness on the back of the thumb and index finger

Rest and ice may temporarily relieve pain, but unless treated, symptoms will return with repetitive activities.

Physical Therapy Treatment for Wrist Tendinitis

As with many repetitive strain injuries, muscle imbalances often contribute to wrist tendinitis. Overworking some muscles to the neglect of opposing muscles can place strain on joint structures like ligaments, tendons and nerves that can lead to joint pain and deterioration. Stretching tight muscles while strengthening weak opposing muscles often helps resolve RSIs.

Physical therapy for wrist tendinitis is directed at relieving pain and restoring normal function. Your therapist is likely to take a multimodal approach to treating your wrist tendinitis.

Some treatment options include:

  • ultrasound
  • soft tissue mobilization
  • muscle stimulating techniques
  • stretching techniques
  • myofascial release
  • grip and thumb strengthening exercises
  • splinting to rest and relax the thumb and wrist
  • education on activity modification

Wrist Tendinitis Treatment in NYC

If you are suffering from wrist tendinitis, the joint pain specialists at NYDNRehab can help. The rehab team combines cutting edge technologies with years of hands-on experience to diagnose and treat your wrist tendinopathy. At NYDNRehab, we don’t just treat your symptoms, we get to the source of your pain and correct it.

Do not suffer needlessly from wrist tendinopathy. Call NYDNRehab today, and discover why we are the very best joint pain specialists in NYC.




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