Tendonitis pain around thumbs when grasping objects

by RJ

Dear Joshua,

Your site is amazingly informative.

I am having a bit of pain in both hands, around the thumb (in the basal joint area from what I can gather looking at some anatomy diagrams).

It started a couple of days after I went skiing for several days about a month ago. I went to a hill that required me to hold the skis in my hands with a pinching motion a lot, getting onto cable cars, etc. My forearm muscles were a bit sore after a few days, and my thumb muscles also seemed a bit sore, but I didn't think much of it at the time as I assume it would fade.

But after a couple of days, the pain didn't totally fade, and I notice that when I would grasp certain objects, particularly large objects like a large water bottle or wine bottle, I still felt soreness.

The soreness has been basically getting worse over time, with the main pain only experienced in those particular moments when I grasp objects or move my thumb in a certain way (if i hold in a natural position in front of me, then move my thumb upwards it hurts, particularly under a bit of resistance. I also feel it if I touch my thumb tip to the tip of my pinky finger.

Some days it is better, some worse. On the worse days, the pain starts to radiate a bit and I feel soreness in other parts of the hand, wrist and even forearms. On those days, my hands feel weak and I have a bit of pain when lifting up my small children or doing other things, etc. Even typing in some cases.

As I mentioned, most of the pain though is localized in the
basal joint area (it feels like it is coming from deep inside that 'triangle' where the base of the thumb intersects with the bones that lead to the fingers.

Are there any steps that you can recommend that would help me?

Many thanks.


Joshua Answers:

Hi RJ.

As you've noticed, the Tendonitis dynamic is pretty sneaky.

See: What Is Tendonitis?

Muscle and connective tissue slowly over time get tighter and shorter. A Process of Inflammation quiely begins, and the body responds to that with more tightness and more inflammation.

And your body compensates, holding back the flood of negative factors as best it can....until you go skiing one day.

And your body is losing the battle against your Pain Causing Dynamic, slowly.


Learn How To Reduce Inflammation and then ACTUALLY do the suggested activites. As much as you can for the next 7 days.

That should get rid of most of the soreness. We may need to get you doing some self massage too, we'll see. At this point, it's an investigation into how much you need to do to help your body back up the Upward Spiral.

Look around the site, there's other suggestions took, but that's the main one for the moment.

Let me know the results of doing that for a week.

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.

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Mar 02, 2018
Reynauds, no icing
by: Anonymous

I'm currently experiencing what I think is tendonitis in both hands seems like a carpal tunnel type injury

I know that you suggest icing for 5 to 10 seconds several times a day to reduce swelling but I cannot do this I have have Reynaud's syndrome... Well I can do this but I prefer not to because of the extreme reaction...

Any suggestions?


Joshua Comments:

Why do you think it's an injury?

Are you a lifelong Raynaud's sufferer?

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