Hand and Wrist Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about hand and wrist health.

How is wrist tendinosis treated?

A doctor can recommend treating wrist tendinosis with either surgical or non-surgical options, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon (AAOS).

Nonsurgical treatment options, according to the AAOS, include:

  • anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs) – this medication can be taken orally or injected to help reduce swelling and relieve pain
  • avoiding activities that cause pain – don’t do the things that make your wrist hurt in hopes the symptoms will go away on their own
  • corticosteroids – having a corticosteroid injection into the tendon sheath can help reduce swelling and pain
  • hand therapy
  • splints – wearing splints can help the wrist and the thumb rest

The surgical treatment option is usually recommended if the non-surgical treatments for wrist tendinosis did not help it improve, according to the AAOS. With surgery, the sheath that covers the tendons in the wrist is cut to make more room for the inflamed tendon.

Talk with your doctor for more information about treating wrist tendinosis.

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Source: Michael Rymer, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates; Beth Berrettoni, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates; Matthew Cavo, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates