Fell On Wrist Playing Basketball, 3 months later still bothers me. Wrist Tendonitis?

by Charles
(Annapolis, Md)

I fell on my right wrist playing basketball and I went to the doctors and they thought I sprained it or fractured the small bone in the thumb.

They said the treatment either way was 6 months in a brace.

Did that and now I can bend it and move it without pain but when I play basketball it still bothers me. It will crack and pop when I bend it back and move it forward. It will also send a pain through my wrist when I snap my wrist and put pressure on my index finger.

It's been like 3 months now. Does anyone have idea what it is and if there is anything I can do about it? Thanks


Joshua Answers:

Hi Charles.

1. Did they do an x-ray?

2. In a cast, or a brace that you took off and on?

3. How -exactly- did you fall?

4. The thumb or the wrist will crack and pop?

5. Pressure on your index finger, like how?

6. What makes it hurt playing basketball?

7. Does it hurt when it's at rest, or when you're sleeping/laying around at night?

Six months in a brace. Ouch. Wish you'd found me a long time ago.

If you didn't break anything, or rip anything, that's good news.

It doesn't sound like a Wrist Tendonitis issue, though there is certainly some elements of the Tendonitis dynamic at play, namely the Pain Causing Dynamic of increasing tightness and pain.

Still, I'm guessing that's a minor factor here. At this point I'm going with a specific spot of injury that is continually kicking out a tiny (geographically) but acute Process of Inflammation.

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

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Sep 05, 2011
it also hurts me when i shoot or dribble a basketball
by: Anonymous

i fell a week ago too.
it hurts me when i shoot or dribble a basketball, there is no pain normally.

Nov 29, 2013
Yup...Same deal, fell on my wrist when playing basketball
by: Danny

Hey man, if it makes you feel any better, I was playing ball and got tripped and all my weight fell on my right wrist [my shooting hand...fml].

That happened in August, it's now nearly December and my wrist still hurts. It's not near as bad as it was when I first injured it. I never went to the doc though... It doesn't hurt when im doing nothing, but I have lost a great deal of flexibility in it... couldn't do a push up if I tried.

Just sucks to think I might not ever be able to play ball again.

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