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    Old 03-01-2016, 08:50 AM   #1
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    Tendonitis of the wrist- splint

    Hello, I was diagnosed with tendinitis in my wrist. I was directed to wear a wrist support/splint. The strange thing is that sometimes It feels as if the splint is making it feel worse. I've been wearing it all the time, but while I'm wearing it I get pain in my fingers and hand, which I don't have when I'm not wearing it. So today I took it off and the only time I had pain in my wrist was when I was rearranging my work area at work (moving computer monitors around, wires, desk phone, etc). I'm just wondering why the wrist support would make it feel worse and if I should just not bother wearing it since it only hurts when I'm moving heavy things around and occasionally while I'm typing and using the mouse.
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    Old 03-05-2016, 05:59 PM   #2
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    Re: Tendonitis of the wrist- splint

    I had the exact same thing happen with a wrist splint for carpal tunnel! My splint was custom made for me, unfortunately it was not made with my wrist "at rest". I had more pain while I was wearing it than when I went without. I guess not all splints are created equal? Make sure the splint is not causing your wrist to be in an awkward position. My doctor couldn't believe that I wore mine as long as I did!

     
    Old 03-05-2016, 11:24 PM   #3
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    Re: Tendonitis of the wrist- splint

    I was originally misdiagnosed as having tendinitis and the custom-made splint also made my pain worse.

    I've since found out that many splints put pressure on the ulna head which apparently is really bad.

    How long have you been wearing it and have you had any scans/xrays to rule out other issues?

    The splint shouldn't be making pain worse - maybe pop back to whoever made it for you and let them know what's happening.

    Hopefully you get this sorted and feel better soon.

     
    Old 03-07-2016, 08:02 AM   #4
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    Re: Tendonitis of the wrist- splint

    Thank you both. Mine wasn't custom made for me. I originally bought one from Rite Aid and I wore it on an off for a couple of weeks. That's when I was noticing that it seemed to be making it worse after having it on for a while. I went to my GP and the only thing she was able to tell me was that the problem I'm having is not Carpal Tunnel and to keep wearing the brace until it felt better. I decided to go to a hand specialist since my GP didn't know what it was. He had it x-rayed in the office and did the physical examination of my arm and hand, and came to the conclusion that it was tendinitis. He gave me a brace that they usually give their patients, but I couldn't wear that one for long because of the way it was made- one of the places that it fastened with velcro was hard and dug into the back of my hand. So I went back to wearing the drug store one. I wore it constantly for a few days but noticed it felt worse when I was wearing it. I haven't worn it at all in about a week and it feels fine except for when I move it certain ways. I made some changes with the way I type and I got a mouse pad with a wrist rest on it, so hopefully it will continue getting better without the brace.

     
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    Old 02-08-2017, 10:04 AM   #5
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    Re: Tendonitis of the wrist- splint

    Hi there,
    I just realized this post is a yr old. Oh well! So what did you do about your brace issue? Is your wrist better?
    I feel the same way about my brace. I was Dx with wrist tendonitis on top of my wrist and it goes up my forearm. Last week they gave me a shot and a lace wrist brace. The brace includes a palm bar built inside the brace and another built in bar along the side. When I tightened the lace it shifts everything over. The built in side bar with the seam of the lace ends up over top of my wrist.... Which is where all my pain is...frustrating! I went back to the ace bandage!

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    Old 02-08-2017, 11:39 AM   #6
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    Re: Tendonitis of the wrist- splint

    I suffer from bi-lateral wrist tendonitis, chronic low grade for 15 yrs from fine repetitive motor movements under a microscope.

    Learning how deal with it and still earn a living was trial and error, but this is what worked for me:

    Wore braces until things calmed down, the softer ones without the metal piece worked best. The metal reinforced one was too rigid and I too felt like it was making things worse. Then went to just wearing them at night, as most people have a tendency to sleep with their wrists bent.

    ICE!!!!!!!!

    Working with my hands-wrists "straight" was a must. Set a timer for 10 min., and either change what you're doing or take a break. This was true for home too. I quickly learned that pulling weeds was a big no no especially for my left wrist. As was using the keyboard. Switched to voice recognition software for computer work. Took awhile to find a mouse that didn't irritate them too.

    ICE

    For me "time of the month" and the hormonal swings played a huge part in wrist health. Your Doc may not believe you, but I could chart it on a calendar.

    Be patient, talk to different folks, and when things are feeling great, don't rush back to old habits. There will be set backs thou.

    PT also helped too

    Good luck

     
    Old 02-08-2017, 03:42 PM   #7
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    Re: Tendonitis of the wrist- splint

    Thank you for responding! I understand it's a manageable condition. But I'm having a hard time getting it to swing towards the good. Today I took off the brace from the doc office and went back to the ace bandage. I think it's helped with the tightness but I still can't do anything with it....anything!
    That's an interesting fact you say about monthly menses and tendonitis irritation.
    My Hand Dr muttered something about releasing the tendon down the rode... If needed... I'm sure a MRI, pt, time and another shot would come first... Has that ever been an option for you? Are you a MLT? I worked at a lab locally years ago. I mostly entered patient demographics in the computer.



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    I suffer from bi-lateral wrist tendonitis, chronic low grade for 15 yrs from fine repetitive motor movements under a microscope.

    Learning how deal with it and still earn a living was trial and error, but this is what worked for me:

    Wore braces until things calmed down, the softer ones without the metal piece worked best. The metal reinforced one was too rigid and I too felt like it was making things worse. Then went to just wearing them at night, as most people have a tendency to sleep with their wrists bent.

    ICE!!!!!!!!

    Working with my hands-wrists "straight" was a must. Set a timer for 10 min., and either change what you're doing or take a break. This was true for home too. I quickly learned that pulling weeds was a big no no especially for my left wrist. As was using the keyboard. Switched to voice recognition software for computer work. Took awhile to find a mouse that didn't irritate them too.

    ICE

    For me "time of the month" and the hormonal swings played a huge part in wrist health. Your Doc may not believe you, but I could chart it on a calendar.

    Be patient, talk to different folks, and when things are feeling great, don't rush back to old habits. There will be set backs thou.

    PT also helped too

    Good luck

     
    Old 02-08-2017, 05:20 PM   #8
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    Re: Tendonitis of the wrist- splint

    Some other thoughts to consider, has your doctor had you do any PT yet? If you can find a good hands person along with working to get the inflammation down, rebuild strength, they are a good source of information for ergonomics. My first round PT (six months worth) was worthless, but the second PT gal was worth her weight in gold. I would say I saw positive results within 4 visits with her.

    Another thing that worked really well for me was going to a chiropractor who also had a good understanding of wrist and hand mechanics.

    This is my opinion-there are are pluses and minuses to cortisone shots, that is something you need to research for yourself.

    You say that you are doing mostly patient data entry, this could be a source of your problems. Again, do some research regarding ergonomics regarding keyboard use.

    No I am not a MLT, but a recently retired dental tech, and these last three months I can tell that my wrists are getting more healthy, still can't pull weeds 2 days in a row thou. Repetitive motion issues are a royal pain. I had some not very good days early on, but as I needed to work, I learned how to modify my work habits and cut back some-modify on my home activities and I lasted without another big flair-up.

    Again good luck

     
    Old 02-08-2017, 05:33 PM   #9
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    Re: Tendonitis of the wrist- splint

    Thanks again. Right now pt will have to wait. I'm having leg surgery this Monday and may need to use it wisely. My insurance only pays for 30 pt visits a year. After 30 visits I pay out of pocket. Yikes!!!
    Take care and thanks again!

     
    Old 02-09-2017, 07:55 AM   #10
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    Re: Tendonitis of the wrist- splint

    Couple more thoughts if your issues are in both wrists as
    all of these conditions can cause problems with wrists-knuckles-hand health:
    thyroid
    rheumatoid arthritis
    lyme disease
    gluten intolerance
    neck issues - this one is interesting, I was at end of an appointment with my chiro and was asked if there was anything else, and responded with having mild tingly on jaw line and top of my hands/knuckles here killing me. My chiro zeroed in on my neck and to make a long story short thoracic neck issues where part of my problems. (working to many years with my shoulders jammed up under my ears)

     
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