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Hand, Wrist, and Finger Tendinitis

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What is Hand, Wrist & Finger Tendinitis?

Tendinitis is the inflammation of a tendon, the thick tissue connecting bone to muscle. Because these bones and tissues work together to perform most of the intricate physical tasks in our lives, tendinitis can be limiting and should be diagnosed and treated by a Houston hand specialist early for the quickest return to normal, pain-free movement.

Frequent pain in your hands should never be ignored. Even occasional bouts of pain can be a symptom of a larger, more serious cause. If you’ve had an injury, do repetitive tasks, or are using poor positioning of your hands while doing common tasks, you might have developed tendinitis in the wrist, hands or fingers. Ignoring the problem will only make it worse, and you could lose the ability to perform everyday tasks. HSST can help with wrist, hand and finger tendinitis treatment in Houston.

 

Causes

Tendinitis is typically caused by strain due to overuse or overextension, especially by repetitive movement.

Sports injuries are a common culprit, especially with people who play golf, tennis, skiing, or sports involving throwing and pitching.

Repetitive movements in a work setting, or abnormal or poor position of the hands, wrists, or fingers while doing everyday tasks are often to blame.

Arthritis, diabetes, or other health conditions may also lead to bouts of tendinitis. More rarely, an infection can cause tendinitis, such as an infection from a cat or dog bite to the affected area.

Sign & Symptoms

If you’re having any of these signs of tendinitis in your hand, wrist or any finger, ignoring the problem won’t make it go away. Schedule an appointment today.

  • Swelling, pain, or tenderness
  • Accompanying weakness in the affected area
  • Stiffness, which may restrict movement
  • Pain may come on gradually or be sudden and severe

 

Diagnosis & Treatment

The doctors at Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas can quickly diagnose and treat tendinitis in Houston. Our specialized treatment plans include medication, compresses, splints, physical therapy, and injections that can make your tendinitis a thing of the past.

Hand, wrist, or finger tendinitis can usually be resolved with our non-invasive therapy in Houston.

  • Medicine: anti-inflammatories such as aspirin and NSAIDs help relieve pain and swelling.
  • Hot and cold compresses: cold compresses should be used early to reduce the initial swelling and hot compresses after 2-3 days to help with pain and promote healing.
  • Splints: a customized splint immobilizes or reduces the range of motion in the affected area to speed up healing.
  • Physical therapy: ultrasound and gentle stretching can help relieve pain and promote healing, while strengthening exercises help prevent a relapse.
  • Corticosteriod injections: a physician may inject cortisone into the affected tissue to relieve pain and swelling and accelerate healing.

Whatever treatment you need for your hand, wrist or finger pain, HSST is here for you. Don’t let a minor irritant turn into a major problem. Schedule an appointment for hand wrist and finger tendinitis treatment today in Houston.

 

Recovery

Depending on the severity of the tendinitis, tendons can require a somewhat lengthy period of recovery until the ends of the repaired tendons have healed together. It can take up to three months for the repaired tendon to regain its original strength.

A hand splint may be recommended for several weeks to three months, and you may be asked to perform specific exercises for that same period.

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