Catcher That Has Wrist Tendonitis

by lexi


i'm a 16 year old softball player. catcher to be exact. i have been playing for 6 years already. but then this crap happens. and i don't know what to do...

well it started when i, along with my team, had a tournament out of the country last march 20-29 2010. i was the only catcher so that means that no one replaced me.

so in that 10 days we had a game everyday sometimes a double header (2 games in a day) so i have been feeling the pain in my left hand since the 2nd game and i just ignored it. and then my left hand just started to swell so i iced it every night while sleeping, put voltaren and taped it when we have a game. as you can see i have a very very high pain tolerance.

so when i got back from the tournament, the swelling decreased every day that pass but i still feel this pain on the outer side of my left wrist and i still ignored it thinking it will be gone. but just a while ago, it was really bothering me so i told my mom and she accompanied me to the E.R. to have it checked.

we had it x-rayed and the doctor said at first that it was fractured but when she compared it with my right wrist, she said that there was no fracture but i have tendonitis!

oh and my wrist clicks when i rotate it.

what can i do? i still want to continue playing til college. will i have to have it cased? just to make it go away?

i love the sport and i just can't leave it just because of tendonitis.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Lexi.

First off, let me just say that you are a bad ass. Rock on.

Now, let's get your wrist feeling better so you can continue doing what you love to do.

1. So you had swelling (from irritaiton and the
Process of Inflammation that comes with it) that is now going away, but you're left with pain.

It's all about the Pain Causing Dynamic which is still firmly in place.

You need to deal with this now. Time will not 'heal' you. Granted you are young, but you're A. a heavy duty athlete and B. already hurting at 16.

2. Your doctor thought you had a fracture but then declared Tendonitis?

That's kind of weird. Tendonitis doesn't really show up on an xray, so he must have conluded that since there was no visible fracture, it must be Tendonitis. That's fair.

So. You played a lot and pushed your wrist structures. Too much, it seems. Irritation upon irritation, and now your structures are UNHAPPY.


3. You can either start Ice Dipping like a crazy girl, as described on the How To Reduce Inflammation page. As many times a day as possible.

The more motivated you are to get better, the more you'll dip.

4. Or you can get my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook, which I highly suggest that you do.

It has everything you need to not only lower your pain levels, but to support your body to be strong, healthy, and pain free as you continue to play a career of your sport.

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May 09, 2010
RE: catcher that has wrist tendonitis
by: lexi


hahaha i'm not really :) i just love the sport :)) but thanks!


thank you very much for the reply :) i'll try everything that you said and update you when something happens :)


Joshua Comments:


(Yes you are!)

Apr 18, 2012
I have shoulder tendinitis at age fastpitch
by: Kayla

Last Friday i was told i have tendinitis in my right shoulder. Now I am only 15 years old and a girl, is this normal? Also can you tell me what exactly it is? also is it curable?

I play fastpitch, and I am the pitcher.

I love pitching so i rather not give it up, but if it is something i really should quit to help my shoulder, I would like to know your opinion. Thank you.


Joshua Comments:

Is it normal for a young pitcher to have pain/problem in their shoulder? Absolutely.

On a systemic level:
1. Get your Vitamin D level checked. Then get it up to between 50-80 ng/ml. As you live in Canada, it's a safe bet that your level is low. Yes, even though you're outside a lot.

2. See: Magnesium for Tendonitis. Seriously.

3. More protein. More good fat. Both from organic, pastured sources.

4. Ice your shoulder. See
How To Reduce Inflammation

And you might want to consider getting this Shoulder Cold Therapy harness.

What have you been doing for self-care for the shoulder? Rest won't help, light stretching in all directions is good, massage is good, icing is good.

May 30, 2015
Play sports, I hurt just about everywhere.
by: Abby

My name is Abby and I am 15 years old. I have been playing sports for a very long time. I play three sports year round, except for summer I have about a month or less than a month break.

One of my questions are should I be worried about shoulder and elbow pain.

Also my elbow gets very swollen after every practice and game on my throwing arm. I play softball and I am the catcher.

My left knee has been hurting for a couple years now and I'm pretty sure it is just lateral tendinitis on the outside but I don't know I'm not an expert like you.

Now that I have been catching again and we are to the end of the season both of my knees above the patella hurt when I walk and when I bend down.

So my question is do you know what I could do so I don't hurt anymore. I've played sports since I was like 5 and I am just tired of being in pain all the time.

Sorry if this was too long of a message and if you do take the time to read it thank you.



Joshua Comments:

Hi Abby.

"should I be worried about shoulder and elbow pain. "

I don't know if you should be worried, but you should never ignore pain. It's trying to tell you that something isn't right.

"Also my elbow gets very swollen after every practice and game on my throwing arm."

That is a significant issue not to be ignored. (Well, maybe not significant, but obviously not great.) Youth will only get you so far...when the body is no longer functioning tends to go only one direction: downhill.

"So my question is do you know what I could do so I don't hurt anymore."

I have some ideas, yes.

1. Get my The Tennis Elbow Treatment That Works program. Most of what you need (for the upper body directly and the lower body indirectly) is in there.

2. Get your Vitamin D level checked ASAP, then let m know what the level is.

3. Read this thread, follow the links in this thread, and specifically read the 'Magnesium For Tendonitis' page it links to.

It's a safe bet your nutrition intake isn't a match for your activity levels/physical needs. And by nutrition, I don't mean calories.

Adequate Vitamin D levels are required for proper function.

Adequate magnesium intake is required for proper function.

Other nutrients too, and nutrients specifically so your body can uptake Vit D, and magnesium.

If your body doesn't have what it needs, it doesn't work very well, which results in either physical pain, or illness/sickness, or both.

Nov 24, 2015
Daughter is softball pitcher, recovering from wrist tendonitis
by: James P


My daughter is 14 years old and has been pitching since she was 10. This past season she started to complain of wrist pain and it ultimately started to affect her performance mainly with accuracy. There was some inflammation at times and we began the icing process immediately after she would pitch.

When the season was over we rested it for over a month along with wearing a splint to totally limit the movement and use of the tendons. As it was my understanding rest would allow the body to heal it self mainly through circulation of nutrients in the blood.

I purchased a splint that creates an electrical stimulation which enhances the blood circulation to help in the healing process.

It has helped a lot and of course she is ready to get back to doing what she loves. As we are slowly getting back in the groove and she throws a few pitches maybe 10 or 12 the tendons that were causing the pain before are now getting very tight and causing the same problem as before.

* What suggestions do you have to help loosen these up?

* When we warm it up, like with hot shower or heating pad the wrist is very loose and pitching is great. But shortly after it begins to cool down it gets tighter and tighter.

* Is there a series of stretches that will help get these tendons to loosen up, and maybe strengthen the forearm too.


Joshua Comments:

Hi James.

1. I'm not a fan of 'stretching'. I'm more interested in going after the causes of tightness.

2. You 'warm' it up, more blood comes in, things feel loose and good.

But shortly after that the benefits of new circulation aren't enough to continue to shift the other factors that cause ongoing tightness.

3. For my suggestions, A. read the thread and follow the links in the thread and B. see the Reversing Wrist Tendonitis program.

Various factors are conspiring to create tightness and related dysfunction.

Mostly for her (problably), nutritional insufficiency/deficiency is a primary issue. If the body doesn't have what it needs to function properly/optimally, then it doesn't, and it's all downhill from there.

May 28, 2021
by: Jonah

I'm a 14 year old catcher for baseball. I believe i have tendonitis in my catching arm. I've caught every game for my team and am starting to have the pain and swelling in my wrist. Do you think it's ok to catch next week?


Joshua Comments:

Well, gotta do what you gotta do. Probably already did.

But, if you have pain etc now, you're still going to have it unless you do something to EFFECTIVELY reduce the causes. Protip: throwing etc is not a cause.

Its been many months since you wrote this. Please give me an update and we'll go from there.

May 25, 2022
Cathers Mom
by: Kim

My 15 yr old son is a catcher for 2 baseball teams. The ortho saw him today and gave him a brace for wrist tendonitis, also asperated a cyst on his wrist. Is Super Icing the best thing for him? He never had wrist pain before.


Joshua Comments:

How is your son, a year later?

Super icing would be a very wise activity to do a lot of. Doesn't fix the problem, but reduces pain levels (which is a very good thing on a variety of levels).

What happened with the cyst. They can generally be lanced or popped ('bible cyst', where you smash the thing and burst it...maybe/maybe not a good idea). Problem with cysts is that they tend to reform and return....

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