A wrist is a part of your body that is highly susceptible to injury, especially the trauma caused by repetitive motion. Regardless of whether you develop carpal syndrome or a less serious condition, like tendonitis (joint inflammation) or tear the tendon in an accident, you will need to learn how to adjust your movements and lifestyle to prevent further trauma.
Remember, even if you don’t have a chronic condition, you should always be careful with your wrists as they are easily damaged. The after-effects of an injury to this part of your body will plague you for many years, even after the problem has been successfully treated.
The following tips will help you avoid wrist tendon injury and may assist patients suffering from carpal syndrome with chronic pain management.
Warm up your wrists.
Always do a few simple warm-up exercises for your fingers and wrists before starting any kind of activity. There are two types of exercises you should do regularly. One is dedicated to increasing the flexibility of the tendons, and the other to strengthening them.
Rotate the wrists in every direction. Move slowly and carefully to prevent injury. Stretch your fingers far apart, relax, and repeat. Your thumb will require extra attention, so pull it backward carefully, and let go. Repeat every exercise 10-15 times. A few simple rotations and stretches should be enough for warming up before you start doing some activity.
You’ll need a pair of light weights and a rubber ball (or two) for these exercises. Squeeze the ball as much as you can and relax your hand. Repeat the exercise for 15 times and try to keep the ball squeezed for at least 15 seconds every time. Curl and extend your wrists holding the weights. Consult a doctor about the appropriate weight and frequency of sessions for this type of exercise.
Keep your wrists straight when performing various activities.
Always try to keep your wrists straight as this is the least stressful position for them. Adjust your bike handles, computer chair height, computer mouse position, etc. to make sure that your wrists don’t get overstressed when you work with these tools.
Apply ice and topical treatments for pain.
If you develop wrist tendon pain, address the issue immediately. Use Velatrin for instant pain relief and treatment. The ingredients of the cream will not only “remove” the ache but also help treat the underlying cause of the problem. Applying an ice pack to the affected area will also help with the pain.
Take frequent breaks.
When you know that your wrists are weakened, you will need to take breaks during activities that involve your hands. A short rest every 10-15 minutes will reduce the stress to your wrists greatly.
Wear a splint.
If you suffer from a condition that affects your wrist tendons (carpal syndrome, tendonitis, etc.) and you need to perform some repetitive motions, be sure to wear a splint. This will help avoid further injury and assist treatment. In severe cases, you may even wear the splint to bed.