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I am a “weekend warrior” athlete, but I have been experiencing some acute pain in my wrist. I believe I may have tendonitis, but I would like surgery to be a last resort, and of course, I want to stay healthy, active, and on the field. What exactly is tendinitis and how can physical therapy help me with treating or containing it.

Susan Q.

Hello Susan,

Tendinitis may result from an acute injury or the result of repetitive muscle force or trauma, resulting in persistent strain on the tendons. Tendinitis is a broad term for a number of different, more specific forms, such as plantar fasciitis, lateral/medial epicondylitis, and tendinitis of certain body parts.

In your case, however, tendonitis can go from being acute to a chronic issue if you do not treat the symptoms when they flare up. It may be hard for you to give up your “weekend warrior” lifestyle for a few weeks, but it will be well worth it by following some basic home treatments to avoid any sort of physical therapy or surgery.

Following the R.I.C.E. method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) for a sore area can help to reduce the symptoms and even reverse the acute tendinitis pain. Identifying the symptoms yourself may be difficult, and if you find that your symptoms are not decreasing, it may be time to see a physical therapist.

The world-class physical therapists at WSPT will care for tendinitis through a number of different treatment methods. A physical therapist will evaluate your condition and make an individualized plan of action to help alleviate the symptoms and treat the tendinitis, and other treatment methods include ultrasound as well as heat and ice therapy in order to release the adhesion within the tendons.

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