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Wrist Tendonitis: Know Your Symptoms

The physicians at Surgery Center of Allentown, in eastern Pennsylvania, specialize in hand conditions like wrist tendonitis.

Wrist Tendonitis Causes

Man with Pain in Wrist

Wrist tendonitis can develop when a tendon in the wrist is overused. Tendon problems are common between the ages of 40 and 60 because connective tissue begins to lose flexibility and degenerate. Normal repetitive movements involving lifting, grasping or rotating can irritate a wrist tendon and cause inflammation and discomfort. Wrist tendonitis can also be caused by injury such as a sudden fall.


Wrist Tendonitis Symptoms

The best way to verify whether or not you have wrist tendonitis is to make an appointment with a hand/wrist specialist. Wrist pain can be indicative of several different conditions. While each case is unique, here are some of the most typical symptoms of wrist tendonitis:

  • Wrist pain where the arm meets the hand
  • Pain that radiates up to the elbow
  • Stiffness in the wrist joint
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Decreased grip strength
  • Tenderness in the wrist or forearm
  • Swelling
  • Creaking noise
  • Warmth or redness

One of the most common types of wrist tendonitis is De Quervain's tendonitis, which affects the tendons on the inside of the wrist near the thumb. Symptoms are most intense when turning the wrist, making a tight fist or gripping an object. 

What if Wrist Tendonitis Symptoms Go Untreated?

In the early stages of wrist tendonitis, symptoms only occur when the wrist is being strained. However, if the condition goes untreated, symptoms may become chronic.

Richard D. Battista, M.D., orthopaedic specialist hand surgeon at Surgery Center of Allentown explains, “Ignoring wrist tendonitis exacerbates the problem. Early diagnosis usually results in a shorter treatment and recovery time.”

Call the Hand/Wrist Orthopaedic Specialists at Surgery Center of Allentown

The Surgery Center of Allentown is conveniently located at the intersection of I-78 and I-476, the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Our physicians are board certified and are accepting new patients in the greater Philadelphia and Harrisburg area. Find a Physician at our practice online or call our office to make an appointment for an exam and consultation. We look forward to creating a customized treatment plan so you can resume the active lifestyle you enjoy.