Slowly developed wrist pain over about 3 months in my right hand. Usually felt the pain when using my mouse. I tried to work through it and also developed pain in my middle finger when gripping. Eventually I had to stop.
Used a wrist strap for about a week which eased the pain a little and switched to left-handed mouse usage (and a new mouse mat). Then went to doctor who says it's tendonitis and not to use the wrist strap. He also prescribed anti-inflammatories and rest.
Rest is terrible for me as I love weight training and climbing. I looked on some climbing websites and they suggested wrist extensions might be a good physio exercise to help fix wrist pain. Is this correct?
Are there any other physio exercises that might help?
I can't say much about physio specifically, as I'm not a physiotherapist. Having said that, -any- lengthening of the fingers/wrist/hand/forearm structures is a GOOD thing.
Wrist Tendonitis, like all forms of Tendonitis, follows a predictable pattern of increasing tightness and pain.
My page on the Pain Causing Dynamic describes this process.
So, stretching is good. Do that. As far as stretching is concerned, there's no right way. There's just doing it.
And or get my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook.
If you want to get back to climbing and mousing, then you need to get rid of the Process of Inflammation, relax too tight muscles, and lengthen constrictive connective tissue.
And if someone tells you you need to 'strengthen', you really don't. You need to lengthen. The tighter a muscle is, the less able it is to be strong/work optimally.
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert
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