Wrist Tendonitis in 14 year old competitive rower

by RowerMom

My 14 year daughter has been a competitive rower for the last 2.5 years.

Until a couple of months ago she trained on the river 4 - 5 times a week (approx 1.5 hours). Due to the darker evening they stop weekday outings and do erg (rowing machine) sessions.

It may be a coincidence but since starting that she complained that the tops of her hands were painful and got to the stage where she couldn't even write for about a couple of months.

We have seen the doctor a couple of times and she has had a couple of private sports physio sessions. She is now able to write again but she is still in pain at times. She will not even try to get back into rowing until the Spring.

What is the likelihood do you think of this pain returning again once she gets back into training and can you provide any other advice.



Joshua Answers:

Hi RowerMom.

I think it's 100% likely that the pain will return. Has it even gone away?

Also, is this an ongoing pain, or did it just come on for the first time just as days got darker earlier?

The questions is, is it Wrist Tendonitis related or is it Vitamin D deficiency? (And/or Magnesium deficiency).

I'm guessing she's outdoors a lot, but I think you're from the U.K., so it's safe to assume (and it's safe to assume regardless of where a person lives
if it's not a tropical location) that the symptoms you describe can be one of manyVitamin D deficiency symptoms

It certainly could be a Tendonitis issue, but taking into account her age and the scenario you described, I'd look at nutritional issues first.

Specifically Vitamin D, and Magnesium for Tendonitis.

Make your doctor do a Vit D level test, and let me know the results. Or order a test online.

You could have her learn How To Reduce Inflammation. But while that's playing a role, I don't think it's the issue. Have her do some ice dips and see what happens.

So do that, get her on Magnesium, and let's talk again.

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

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