14 year old with weird wrist pain, either Carpal Tunnel or Tendonitis!

by Dylan S.
(Toronto, Canada)

I am 14 years old and i have pain on the top of my wrist around an inch behind the middle finger knuckle and pushing this against the wall a lot creates pain.

I get nearly no numbness. I thought this may be carpal tunnel syndrome but i believe it might be tendinitis!

When i push on this specific area (which feels like a long tendon) i get pain.

please help! will this go away? will i grow out of this?!

im only 14 and i do very little repetitive motion. i Might have injured it a few weeks ago and it has been trying to heal.

does that make sense, please help?!


Joshua Answers:

Hi Dylan. That does make sense.

I really doubt it's Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but you implied that there is some numbness, so that gets me curious.

But I'd lean towards Tendonitis at this point.

Still, I need more information.


1. How did you injure it?

2. How/when/where do you experience numbness?

3. When you feel around that painful spot, is it directly on a tendon? Is there a hot spot on the tendon?

4. What repetitive motion -do- you do? texting, computer, video games, writing, etc.

5. Overall health?

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Apr 11, 2010
PART 2 - Reply to your message
by: Dylan s

Hello again, a few weeks have past and it is feeling better..

A doctor told me to take advil 3 times a day and I think it has lessend the inflamation. Although, it's still there.....

To answer your questions: I might of injured it while I was at a friends gym. I was using my hands and might of pulled something.

I get no numbness, so let's just clear that up...

And the place where I push feels like a tendon.

My overall health is fine.....

I occasionally play the computer and video games but I think I might have injured it and it has been trying to heal. Will I grow out of this? I'm kind of nervous!? will it ever heal!?!?!


Joshua Comments:

Hi Dylan.

Yes, it's very likely that you'll heal and grow out of this.

Still, it can't hurt to help your body heal faster.

Frequently throughout the day, massage the tendon and sore spot, and also Ice Massage the painful area and that spot on the tendon.

If you keep at it, that should get old stuff out and new stuff in, and most of the time just that will do the job.

You're only 14. You have a lifetime of little aches and pains ahead of you. This is a great skill to learn and you'll get a lot of mileage out of learning how to make pain go away quickly.

Apr 12, 2010
PART 3 - Thanks! - 14 year old with weird wrist pain, either Carpal Tunnel or Tendonitis!
by: Dylan s

Thanks for your advice you have made me feel a lot better, mentally.

Is there ever a point where I should seriously get it looked at and is their any tests they can do to prove what I have?

Finally, do tendons take a long time to heal because of limited blood flow?

Thanks for responding! This is a great website!

I will recommened these products to my uncle because he has carpal tunnel syndrome!

Also, when you said ice massage I assumed you meant ice it and massage it, or is it actually something else?


Hi Dylan.

1. The more nutrition and circulation tendons get, the faster they will heal. That's assuming that the pain is from damage, and not from constant tension from tight muscles.

2. Massage with ice, yes. You can do both separately, or you can use the ice as a massage tool.

3. What good would it do you have you had a test that 'proved' something?

We unconsciouly put a lot of weight on test results. But A. You already know you hurt and B. there's always more to the story than whatever the result says.

(Having said that, testing is great to rule out medical issues like tumors, etc.)

Mar 11, 2012
14 year old daughter has severe hand pain
by: Dana Rogers

My 14 year old daughter is having chronic and severe pain in both hands and she can't use a pencil, make a fist or make the thumb and index finger close without pain.

What could be causing this?


Joshua Comments:

Hi Dana.

I added your submission to this existing threat. I has many answers to your question.

Nutritional insufficiency/deficiency is the first place to look, as without the necessary building blocks, the body quickly speeds down the road to Tendonitis

See: What Is Tendonitis

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