14 months of wrist tendonitis for pianist and music director
Hi! My husband is 31 and has been struggling with wrist tendonitis in his right hand for 14 months.
The problem is that he is a music director and his work directly causes more injury. Piano and computer really inflame it. He has undergone the following:
-he is on workers comp so he can take breaks when he needs
-acupuncture for 2 months
-physical therapy with multiple different physical therapists which used ultrasound, stretches, strength building, a sort of localized anti inflammatory which is released into the skin with some kind of charge, and immobilizing wrist braces
-he has had 1 cortisone shot which made things much more painful for a time
-he ices and stretches daily
We have 2 young kids (3 and 1) and it breaks my heart that he cant carry his boys around, can't play piano, can't do anything creative, can't exercise, can't help with anything around the house.
It's like his whole life is taken away. And after 14 months of some progress, today he said it is hurting as much as when the injury first began.
What is there left to do? We don't want to go down the road to surgery. Help please
A really saddened and frustrated wife.
The problem is, as you've noticed, Anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen
, Corticosteroid Injections
, Wrist splints and braces
, and iontopheresis and ultrasound and stretching and strengthening don't fix tendonitis, repetitive strain injury, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, etc.
Thus a bunch of wasted time and effort so far. But that's the state of hospital care in
the world of soft tissue injury.
So, moving on.
1. Was he actually injured? Or does he just have pain.
He's probably not actually injured. But as you said, he is inflamed. Constant irritation dynamic. That's what the vast majority of Tendonitis
is. A body just stuck in a Pain Causing Dynamic
. And you and he just haven't yet learned how to get out of it.
See: What Is Tendonitis
2. History of pain/injury?
3. What's his Vitamin D level? (What's yours, while we're at it?) If you don't know, you should.
4. Tell me what he's doing for icing and stretches.
The bad news is, he's in pain and has been in pain. The good news, so far it just sounds like regular tendonitis dynamic. Reversing it shouldn't be much of a problem, though I am going to tell you to get my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook
, as that's where the complete plan is.----------------------
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expertwww.TendonitisExpert.com