Long term wrist pain, 3 different surgeries, looking for a solution.

by Richard
(Fountain Valley, Ca)

I have had 3 procedures done on my wrist: 1) CTS release, 2) arthroscopy 3) radial bone shortening.

I have had minimal benefits from these surgeries.

(right hand is main hand),I still have some residual mumbness on my ring and middle fingers.

I injured my wrist playing tennis and after 15 years of pain I need to find a better solution.

I use ice on a daily basis, but this only gives me temporary relief.

Is icing and massaging your only therapy/solution?

Any better info you can provide?


Joshua Answers:

Hi Richard. 15 years of pain is a long time.

Is a hammer the only tool if you want get a nail into a board? No, but it's probably one of the better choices.

The short answer to your question is yes, for do-it-yourself pain reduction, Icing and Self Massage are what I suggest.

Inflammation causes pain and tightness. Tight muscles and connective tissue cause dysfunction and pain. Pain causes inflammation and tightness.

Surgery doesn't beneficially deal with any of that.

I don't know if 'better' is what you are really searching for, so much as 'targeted', 'used the best way', and 'effective' for your specific situation.

I'm willing to look into this with you, if you are interested.

1. What exactly was the 'injury' 15 years ago from playing Tennis? Wrist Tendonitis? Fracture? Ligament tear?

2. Is that the reason you had the surgeries?

3. Why (oh why) did they do a Radial bone shortening?

4. How -exactly- have you been Icing?

5. What else have you done to help the wrist/arm?

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

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