Science, Tech, Math › Social Sciences Tendonitis of the Wrist: Treatment and Prevention Share Flipboard Email Print George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images Social Sciences Ergonomics Psychology Sociology Archaeology Economics Environment Maritime By Chris Adams Engineering Expert B.I.D, Industrial and Product Design, Auburn University Chris Adams is a human factors engineer who writes about ergonomics and has 11 years of experience in the field. our editorial process Chris Adams Updated March 21, 2018 So, you have been diagnosed with tendonitis of the wrist, or fear you might develop it, and it is time to look at treatments. Preventative methods for tendonitis of the wrist are part of a comprehensive treatment program and should be exercised during and after recovery. Tendonitis can be caused by repetitive or acute trauma or a combination of the two. Treatment for tendonitis is the same whether it developed as a repetitive stress injury or not. Finding the Cause The first step in treating/preventing tendonitis of the wrist is understanding what caused it. Many general causes of repetitive stress injuries can be contributing factors for tendonitis of the wrist. Performing repetitive finger and wrist motions or using vibrating equipment also heightens your risk of developing tendonitis in that area. Using a Visual Analog Pain Scale will help pinpoint the major and minor causes. Stopping the Stress The next step in your treatment/prevention of tendonitis of the wrist is to stop performing those tasks or correct your body mechanics when you do. If it is working at a computer set up an ergonomically sound computer workstation. If it is another tool or setup follow sound ergonomic principles ensuring you keep a natural wrist position when working and take frequent breaks. If the vibration is a factor use a vibration absorbing pad or glove or change the grip on the tool to one that better fits your hand. Maintain a Healthy Wrist The next step in treating/preventing tendonitis of the wrist is to use proper body mechanics in all wrist related activities. These tips to prevent wrist stress injuries are a good basic guide to maintaining a healthy wrist. Playing with different muscles than those you work with can also provide relief to an ailing wrist. You also need to stay healthy and fit. Maintain a healthy weight and good cardiovascular health. Strong bodies are more resilient against the stressors that cause these conditions. Home Treatment Home treatment options for tendonitis include: Icing the wrist to reduce inflammation and increase blood flowUsing over the counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to decrease the swelling and manage pain (Warning: only use pain medication at times of rest to reduce the chance of further injury)Exercise to strengthen the injured area once symptoms have been reduced Professional Treatment When preventative and home treatment measures are not enough your healthcare professional may recommend these treatments. Only follow these treatments when instructed to by a healthcare professional. Treatments include: Icing the wrist to reduce inflammation and increase blood flowWearing wrist splints to immobilize the wrist and reduce repetitive traumaUsing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to decrease the swelling and manage painUltrasound therapy to reduce swelling and fluid build-upCortisone injection to treat the inflammationPhysical therapy and exercise to strengthen the injured areaSurgery Surgery is the last option for treatment of tendonitis in the wrist. Removal of soft tissue around the problem area can give the tendon more room to move without irritation. Surgery is also a viable option if an anatomical feature is causing the problem. If the tendon does not have a smooth spot to move over then surgery can smooth it out or realign the tendon.