You use your hand for the majority of tasks that you complete throughout the day. The last thing you want is to be unable to use your hand or wrist because of an injury. If you have signs of hand tendonitis then you will need to consult with your doctor. You may be referred to a specialist depending on the severity. Before you visit your doctor make a list of your symptoms, any medical problems you have, and any medications you are currently taking.
You can prevent hand tendonitis by planning exercises into your routine that include warm-up and cool-down periods—especially prior to any repetitive use activity. You should also use proper posture and techniques. Having excellent ergonomics if you work at a desk job is a very important preventative technique. Do not try to overexert yourself as this can lead to an injury. If you do a lot with your hands, you should slowly increase your limits over time and try not to do more than what your body can handle.
Self-care is essential so you should always try to put ice on your wrist for 10 to 15 minutes if you are using it for an extended period. Heat therapy can also be very helpful. Take periodic breaks during your activities so that you can stretch your hands. You may not think that your posture would play a factor in your wrists but it can. Position of your chair and arms is also very important.
The most common way to diagnose hand tendonitis is through a physical exam done by a qualified physician. Specifically, a board-certified hand surgeon like the doctors at Academy Orthopedics. Depending on the physical exam, occasionally your doctor may also order an MRI or ultrasound.
Hand tendonitis can become very painful and need expert treatment. The best way to do so is to seek advice from a qualified physician. The first thing you will need to do is rest. The RICE program which consists of rest, ice, compression, and elevation can go a long way in healing and recovery. Anti-inflammatory medications and braces can also be very helpful. Depending on your condition, cortisone injections can be recommended. Physical therapy may also be an option for relieving pain and strengthening muscle groups. Whirlpool and ultrasound treatments can be implemented to improve circulation.
If you are experiencing signs of hand tendonitis and need a diagnosis or treatment, contact Academy Orthopedics at 770-889-0891 today to schedule an appointment.