Can tendonitis return over a year after the original injury for no apparent reason?

by Moira
(Melbourne, Australia)


I was in an accident about 9 months ago and I broke my wrist and gained mild tendon damage to both the tendon running towards my thumb and the tendon to my little finger.

Because the wrist was broken the tendons were given what the doctor felt was plenty of time to heal.

I have had no problems from my wrist up until about 2 days ago, when I just started getting agonizing shooting pain in my wrist when I tried to do things like open doors and brush my teeth.

I don't remember doing anything that could have caused this onset of pain! I'm absolutely perplexed as to what is causing the pain and how it happened.

The pain feels identical to how it felt when I did have tendonitis last year, but is it likely to be tendonitis considering I have not done anything to aggravate it? The only thing I could think that it could be due to, is the change in weather. It has recently become very cold here.

Can extreme cold aggravate an injury like tendonitis?

Hopefully you can help me out!



Joshua Answers:

Hi Moira.

So regardless of what was happening in/with your body before the break, after the break you had a huge increase in muscle tightness, connective tissue tightness, Process of Inflammation, fear and defensiveness in your nervous system.

And that's what the Pain Causing Dynamic.

My point is, your
Tendonitis never went away.

So while your body might have compensated and pain went away and things were better, various other factors were on a downward spiral.

Plus, changes in nutritional dynamics could be a factor of what had it go 'bad' again, slight changes in soft tissue dynamics (or major ones you just haven't been aware of).

Other systemic factors like how your body presently is able to deal with stress (or not).

And if you have actual tendon damage (why exactly do you think that there is/was tendon damage?), then that definitely adds to the specifics of your Wrist Tendonitis.

More questions, more answers.

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.

And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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