Thumb/wrist pain – is it tendonitis?
Many conditions can cause pain at the thumb side of the wrist, including fractures, sprains/strains, arthritis, joint inflammation, and tendonitis. Tendonitis at the thumb side of the wrist often arises insidiously without an inciting event, although it can occasionally result from an injury. It can happen to anyone, although it is seen more often in women than in men. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are particularly prone to develop this condition, as are caregivers of infants and young children.
Wrist Tendonitis Signs and Symptoms
- Pain at the bony prominence of the wrist
- Pain occurs with lifting and twisting activities
- Pain often radiates up into the thumb and down the forearm
- Swelling and development of a knot at the side of the wrist may be present
- Occasional numbness or pins and needles sensation in the wrist area
- Rest – both the thumb and the wrist area
- Brace – utilize a brace that immobilizes both the thumb and the wrist
- Ice, topical creams and anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen are helpful and can be used in conjunction with the thumb/wrist brace
If symptoms fail to resolve, request an appointment with one of the expert physicians at Resurgens Orthopaedics for further evaluation and treatment.
Author: Jane S. Tan, MD