How to Resolve Arm & Wrist Tendonitis

Tendonitis translates to “inflammation of tendons.”   This occurs from repetitive movements, from weeks to years, that engage the same group of muscles and tendons.  Typing, assembly line work, operating machinery and frequent use of hand tools such as a wrench are examples of activities that can cause tendonitis in the upper extremities.  Because of this, it is considered an occupational injury.  Tendonitis can also occur in the knee, hip and feet, although it is less common in these areas.

It is not entirely clear why some people develop tendonitis while others do not, even though they do the same type of work.  But studies show it affects women more than men.  Why this is true is still open to debate.

Tendons, bursae and fascia of the arms and hands operate in a tightly confined space.  They also share this space with peripheral nerves.  It is feasible then that chafing of these structures may occur if the individual does not rest his/her hands adequately.  The chafing causes micro-tears which build up and trigger inflammation and pain.

Tendonitis is known to persist even with prolonged rest periods.  The key is to not allow it to get chronic, i.e. persist for more than a week or two.  Once it gets chronic, tendonitis may lead to neurological complications like reflex sympathetic dystrophy, peripheral nerve entrapment such as carpal tunnel syndrome, or fibromyalgia.

This video course demonstrates self-treatment techniques to alleviate or totally resolve tendonitis affecting the arms and hands.



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