What steps should I take to relieve my wrist tendonitis?

by Katie
(St. Paul, MN)

For the past 6 months I have been working out more, which means more push-ups and push-up like positions for my wrists to be in.

I have to do push-ups with a fist on my knuckles. My right wrist had been a little tight before that, I work at a computer all day.

However, it has been getting more painful if I try to bend my that wrist 90 degrees and put pressure on it. The pain is on the top and side of my wrist near my thumb. My thumb has no pain.

I just found some stretches to do and I'll start icing it but I am wondering if immobilizing it will help it heal or hinder it.

I don't want to stop working out but I can limit the pressure I put on that hand and wrist.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Katie.

Rock on for doing pushups!

So. Do you think that you are actually injured?

There Are Two Types Of Tendonitis, one with damage, one without.

Unless you tell me something to have me think that you are 'injured', I'm going to go with that you're just TOO TIGHT.

Hello Pain Causing Dynamic! Slowly over time, more tightness, more pain, more tightness, more pain until one day it's a real problem.

Good news/bad news, we can feel disabling pain but not have -any- actual damage.

So when you ask if immobilizing your wrist(s) would help or hinder, I say it will, in the long run, hinder.

Rest doesn't heal anything. It doesn't reverse damage, or loosen tight muscle, or lengthen too tight connective tissue.

It -does- reduce new irritation, so rest usually has pain settle down. But what happens when you go to use your hands and wrists and forearms like you want to again?

Pain comes back because the new irritation irritates to problematic structures. In other words, the ecology needs to be fixed.

And you can REVERSE the Tendonitis, damage or no damage.

Stretches and icing may just do the trick. It just all depends on what you have going on in there.

Keep me updated.

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Mar 25, 2016
Wrist pain and inflexibility caused by car accident
by: Joshua


Five years ago I was in an accident and ever since, my wrists have lost some range of motion.

I can do most everything EXCEPT having palms flat (pushups). My wrists were scoped and revealed no tears, but the doc never advised me on any treatment options. He said range would come back with time. HE WAS WRONG.

The pain is located on the back hand side of my wrist and there is also pain on back hand side of the forearm when I apply pressure with fingers. Could this be tendonitis?

Can I still correct this problem?

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you.


Joshua Comments:

Hello Matthew.

The doctor -hoped- that flexibility would come back over time. It's not the worst thing to place a wager on, but clearly he would have lost his money in this case.

There was an impact with the accident: inflammation kicked in, the brain thought there was something it needed to protect you from, maybe there was some bone/joint bruising that caused said bone/joint to swell up.

Bone bruises can take a long time to recovery, presuming the resulting pain and tightness doesn't keep a dynamic in place such that it stays bruised and swollen.

What have you done so far to try to get things better?

See the Pain Causing Dynamic that explains the overall mechanism of what keeps pain in place.

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