Wrist Tendonitis and hand problem from dog walking

by Jean
(Modbury, England)

I have been walking my dog with my left hand on the leash. She has pulled a lot and I now think I have a severe tendonitis in my left hand. I can't turn on a tap or turn the wheel of the car over to the right. The outside of my palm is numb and the outside of my wrist is swollen. My little finger is also slightly numb.

I have used ice which works for a time and I have also tried a splint which feels good for a while, but as soon as I remove it the pain is back. I am resting the wrist as much as possible, just don't know what to do next.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Jean.

I have some questions before I respond...

1. Big dog? Little dog?

2. Have you had pain/similar symptoms before? Ever?

3. Did it come on slow, or come on fast?

4. Is it a constant pain, or does it come and go, or only a flash of pain when you use it in certain ways?

5. Only on the one side?

6. Anything farther up the arm? Shoulder, neck?

7. How exactly have you been icing?

Let me know and let's get you feeling better.

Tendonitis is no joke, but is fully reversable.

See: What Is Tendonitis?

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Aug 04, 2009
PART 2 - Wrist Tendonitis and hand problem from dog walking
by: Jean

Hi - the dog is a retriever, so weighs about 60 pounds. I am also an administrator so use a pc every day, although I am a touch typist so don't lean my arms.

I use ice by wrapping frozen peas in a thin towel and leaving on for 20 minutes. There is some degree of pain in the elbow as well, but having had tennis elbow in both elbow a while ago, not sure if they are linked. If I hold my hand straight, turning the hand to the left is painful. Movements of the hand up and down are not so bad.

Aug 04, 2009
PART 3- Wrist Tendonitis and hand problem from dog walking
by: Jean

Sorry, should have added, it came on over time. I guess I kept on going when it hurt, also did some house-painting :-(

Both my shoulders are painful at times, but then I have two frozen shoulders, one each side some years ago. I should add I am 62.

Hey Joshua, I'm a mess!!


Joshua Comments:

Thanks for all that new information. That really helps me get a picture of what's going on. Let's tidy you up a wee bit :)

62 isn't a problem, but it is a clue, and leads to #3 below.

1. Were I you I would switch from using the ice pack for 20 minutes to Ice Dipping as described on the How To Reduce Inflammation page.

2. Also, I suggest that you get 'The Tennis Elbow Treatment That Works'.

It contains activities that you can not only use to make your wrist/hand/forearms feel better, but will also make a difference for your shoulders (that are playing a role in the development of pain lower down the arm structure.

As I like to say, it won't win me any Oscars, but the content is perfect for you to use to get out of pain.

If you do get the dvd, at a certain point I will direct you how to use the tools on it for a couple specific things.

3. I may have already said this, I can't see the original post from this screen, but I would increase my Magnesium intake, and I would do something like Bone Broth as the best Tendon Supplements to supplement your body in very important and useful ways.

Just getting your Magnesium levels up can decrease your pain and help your structure support itself, and I can't say enough about the bone broth.

Feb 09, 2010
Tendonitis from dog walking... i think.
by: Anonymous


I believe I developed tendinitis from dog walking as well. Instead of my dog pulling me I was pulling my dog. Hes just a puppy and only weighs 9 pounds. I know, it seems funny because hes so light but im sure it was the constant tug I had to give him to walk with me and even when he does walk there was constant strain on my wrist getting him to stay close to me.

- The pain hit quite fast. One day my inner wrist below the thumb started clicking. Didnt think anything of it and ignored it, big mistake. In 3 days my wrist just below the thumb swelled and it became super painful.

- little dog. hes only 9 pounds.

- never had this pain before but i sprained my writst just two months before so my wrist was already a little weak. Maybe had something to do with it.

- it is on one side, the thumb side

- the muscles feel a little bit tight up the forearm and in the shoulder.

- Ive been icing using peas.

It hurt just to turn the key to lock my front door. I feels a little better since the beging which was about 3 weeks agao but using my thumb in certain positions still is very painfull. I also still dont have full range of motion in my wrist.

Any help would be very much appreciated.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Anonymous.

Well, the good news is it's not your puppy's fault.

Tugging on your dog didn't cause the problem, it (probably) just irritated what was already there over a certain threshold where now the mechanism is stuck in a pain dynamic.

You already had tightness and a process of inflammation, from previous daily activity and from the wrist sprain.

I'd switch from ice packs to Ice Dipping as described on the How To Reduce Inflammation.

Also, Ice Massage the painful spots in the thumb pad, and any tendon/areas that still hurt from the sprain.

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Oct 06, 2012
L wrist pain post dog walking
by: Anonymous

My injury was sustained yesterday after walking 3 dogs (medium sized) with the loops around my left wrist. Pain was not noted initially, but within a few hours after the walk. More pain with flexion/extension, popping with pronation and supination but no pain, also increased pain with bending the wrist towards the ulnar side more than the radial side. Appears neurovascularly intact. Mild swelling but no erythema (redness and swelling).

Am trying ibuprofen and rest. I think my left wrist may be a bit deconditioned (as is the rest of my body). What exercises could I do to rehab my wrist and help prevent further injury? My thought is that my injury may have been caused by repeated traction or distraction of the wrist during the walk.


Joshua Comments:

'Injury' is a loaded term.

Is something ripped or torn? Then you're injured.

If you just irritated the structures and a Process of Inflammation kicked in, then that can certainly 'feel' like an injury.

Rest and Anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen never fixed any injury or tendonitis dynamic.

Learn How To Reduce Inflammation

As far as exercises, there's a billion to choose from.

Yoga, weights, and variations of both of those genre's.

Personally, I'd get rid of all the inflammation and open up tight muscle and connective tissue structures and make sure my nutrition was up to snuff.

Feb 28, 2017
Painful thumb joint
by: Liz

Much appreciate advice and participant comments.

Will keep walking the dog and hope pain settles.

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