Tendonitis in my Wrist after a skateboarding fall
Well about three years ago, I fell off my skateboard when grinding a rail.
I did one of the worst things you can do in that situation and caught myself with my hands.
Both my right and my left hands have been having problems ever since. For about a week or two after I fell, I was having constant pain in the tendons on my wrists. The problems did however recede for 3 months.
Then every few months I would have slight manageable pain in my wrists. My right hand did stop hurting after 2 years. My left hand still had slight pain occasionally, but 3 days ago (mildly inappropriate) I was getting intimate with my girlfriend and i has on top using my hands to support me and my left hand had excruciating pain in my wrist.
I went to the doctor today and she advised that I should take physical therapy and take Advil four times a-day. By the way the middle knuckle in my thumb is numb. I've used my wrist very frequently everyday since I can remember. I've been playing guitar for five years now, playing video games often for about 7 years, wake-boarding for 4 years, slalom skiing for 3 years, and doing constant farm-style work for 6 years, and I currently have a job opening,closing, installing, and putting liners in pools.
Pool jobs can be very strenuous on all parts on the body, especially wrists. When you open a pool and take the cover off you use your wrist to bend, twist, and pull off the springs attached to the anchors. You could be shoveling and raking gravel for 5 hours or driving stakes and re-bar into the ground.
I also lift weights, and type quite often. My questions are: How long would I have to take physical therapy?
Will my wrist go back to normal afterwards if I continue working, playing guitar, games, and participating in water-sports? Would I have physical therapy the rest of my life if I continue what I would normally do? Will the numbing ever go away?
Welcome to the wonderful world of Wrist Tendonitis
Having landed on my head before, I have to say that landing on your hands is WAY better than landing on your head....
Think about it like this. Your forearms were already TOO TIGHT, from all your guitar, video gaming, weights, girlfriends, etc.
Then you landed on them in
such a way that BANG they were suddenly lengthened under a load your nervous system considered dangerous. And you probably compressed your wrist joint too, which sent more danger signal to your brain.
But, you're young, so your body did a good job of compensating.
But, your body is losing the fight, so you're feeling it more and more.
Why is it still a fight?
Because your nervous system is stupid. Everybody's is.
Your brain tries to protect you by TIGHTENING muscles. To heal fast and operate optimally, muscles must be RELAXED.
Now, you sleep at night, and you muscles are TIGHT and even contracting tighter.
Why is your thumb knuckle numb? I don't know. Hopefully it's just because muscles and connective tissue are so tight that it's clamping down on the nerve. Let's go with that until proven otherwise.
I can give you a couple tips here, but were I you I'd spend the $20 and get my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook
Why? Because it's incredibly unlikely that this is going to get better all on it's own, and certainly not if you continue to play guitar, weights, etc.
Because PT is going to stretch and strengthen, and if that helps, great, but I wouldn't bet my own money on it.
Point being, you need a complete plan, and you need the RIGHT tools.Rest
is not the right tool. Nor is immobilization or Corticosteroid Injections
, or surgery, etc.
Whether or not you have Tendonitis or not, you definitely have a Tendonitis
And you need to learn how to reverse that dynamic if you want to get back to pain free activity.----------------------
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expertwww.TendonitisExpert.com