Senior Baseball Pitcher With Wrist Pain On The Pinky Side Of the Wrist
(St. Louis, MO)
I have a nagging wrist pain that developed over the summer. The pain is on the "pinky" side of the wrist. There seems to be a bone that sticks up slightly where the wrist and base of the hand meet. The pain is directly in front of that bone.
I am almost 50 years old and play in a senior men's baseball league. I am a pitcher and have thrown about 90 innings last summer (2009) and have thrown about 70 innings this year.
There really isn't any swelling that I can see, but the pain is a dull throbbing pain unless I take my other hand and hit the spot with my index finger.
Anti-inflamatory doesn't seem to help much. I only have about 2-3 more games this year so I am looking forward to shutting it down.
However, we have had a break for about 2 weeks and the situation has not gotten worse, but it also does not seem to be getting better. How long will I need to imobilize the wrist before I start to see improvement?
Also, is there a possibility of injuring the wrist to a greater degree if I play out the last 3 games or is it simply a choice of how much unpleasentness I can handle.
First off, rock on for staying active. You're not even 50 so it's not -that- big of a kudo, but you get what I'm saying.
Second off IMMOBILIZATION IS BAD! Not bad like it's going to kill you, but it's not effective. It does limit additional irritation to an irritated dynamic, but other than that it doesn't help fix anything.
You could paralyze the arm for 12 months, turn it on again, start pitching, and you'd be hurting again before too long. PLUS you'd have all the side effects from not having used/moved your arm for a year.
I'm more a fan of actively reversing the problem
while staying active. Reducing irritation is good, immobilization...not so much.
Notice how you, and others, seem to be somewhat surprised when they have given their arm a rest but the pain still hasn't gone away? The proof is in the pudding, as they say.
So...a couple more games won't kill you. Will it injure you? Probably not. Will it make it hurt more? Probably. (Notice I'm vague...everybody is different and I haven't seen you in person.)
I say probably because if you have Tendonitis
then it's most likely that you you just have a Pain Causing Dynamic
in place. It's possible you have some wear and tear damage, of course, or something more significant, but from what you've said I'm guessing it's minimal if anything. But there's definitely a progressive dynamic of increasing tightness and pain.
1. What have you done to help this issue? How'd it go?
2. How long has this been going on? Ever had pain like this before?
3. History of injury?
It's a good thing you don't notice much swelling. It's -probably- just a case of TOO TIGHT MUSCLES in your forearm.
Learn How To Reduce Inflammation
and improve the forearm's ecology and reduce pain.
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