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What is Hand Tendonitis?

Hand tendonitis is a common problem that leads to hand pain and a loss of function. Below is some information about this condition to help you understand how it develops and what you can do to treat it. 

How Does Hand Tendonitis Occur?

A tendon is a strip of strong, fibrous collagen tissue that connects a muscle to a bone. Tendonitis occurs when a tendon becomes inflamed, leading to uncomfortable symptoms. In the hand, tendonitis is most likely to develop in the wrist or fingers. If you have tendonitis in your wrist, you may experience:

  • Wrist pain
  • Swelling
  • Pain that worsens when you turn your wrist or attempt to grip things

If you have tendonitis in your fingers, you may notice:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Inability to bend a finger normally
  • Inability to straighten a finger completely
  • Clicking or locking when attempting to move the finger

Hand Treatment for Tendonitis

If you are diagnosed with tendonitis in your hand, the recommended treatment will depend on the specifics of your condition. For example, the initial treatments for wrist tendonitis typically include changing your activities, splinting your wrist and/or steroid injections. However, severe cases may require surgery. For finger tendonitis, cortisone injections or surgery may be the recommended treatment. A hand specialist can examine your hand and help you determine which treatment option will be most effective for you. 

Tendonitis isn’t the only condition that can lead to pain in the wrists or hands. For example, many people who have pain in this part of the body are ultimately diagnosed with small joint arthritis, which occurs because of cartilage deterioration. To determine the cause of your wrist or hand pain, you need to visit a specialist. To make an appointment with a hand specialist, please contact the Florida Hand Center today.