Peer Reviewed
Sports medicine

Treatment of overuse injuries to wrist tendons

Judith May
Overuse injuries to wrist tendons are very common due to a tendon’s vulnerability to repetitive action in sport and occupational and recreational activities. Most wrist tendon injuries are due to tenosynovitis or tendinopathy.
Key Points

    Wrist tendons are vulnerable to injury from many common activities. Wrist tendon injury can occur in sports that involve gripping (e.g. racquet sports, rowing) or direct trauma (e.g. volleyball), or are weight bearing (e.g. gymnastics). They are a frequent occupational overuse injury and can occur in office workers due to repetitive wrist motion during computer mouse work, writing and keyboard use. Manual workers can also be affected by activities that cause excessive vibration or gripping such as jack hammering. These injuries are also prevalent during recreational activities that involve repetitive activity such as knitting, fishing or drumming. Additionally, wrist tendon problems can be associated with certain arthritic conditions such as osteoarthritis of the carpometacarpal joint of the thumb or rheumatoid arthritis.

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