Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Wrist Tendinitis Home Care

Home care for wrist tendinitis includes:

  • Apply a cold compress:
    • Wrap ice in a moist hand towel. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours, for the first few days.
  • Apply warm compresses after several days for stiffness.
  • Elevate the wrist above the heart for 24 hours.
  • Rest the wrist:
    • Avoid activities that cause pain.
    • Slowly increase use of the wrist as long as there is no pain.
  • Acetaminophen for pain
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.
  • In some cases you may wish to wear a sling for comfort:
    • Long term immobilization in a sling can lead to frozen shoulder.
    • If you wear a shoulder sling for longer than two weeks make sure you perform shoulder range of motion exercises twice a day to avoid frozen shoulder.
  • Immobilization with a wrist splint
  • Apply an elastic wrap.
  • Perform gentle stretching exercises twice a day.

Wrist Tendinitis Pain Control

Medications commonly used to control pain and inflammation in adults with wrist tendinitis include:

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.





NSAID Precautions

Wrist Tendinitis Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have wrist tendinitis and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Jan 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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