Wrist tendonitis

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by tata, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. tata

    tata Professional

    Apr 3, 2008
    Does anyone know how long this usually takes to heal and what helps speed up the healing process?

    A week ago i went to the bowling alley and was being stupid a bit. As a result, i got this injury. Doctors said to allow up to 6 weeks to heal.

    Any advice is appreciated!
  2. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

    Feb 13, 2009
    What type of doctor did you see?

    Recovery is often guided by how much residual discomfort is present.

    But even after the discomfort is gone, there is usually a period of continued healing until the tendon is good enough to prevent an early recurrence.


    Whoever discovers a way to speed up healing will win the Nobel prize and be able to market the first trillion dollar drug/therapy.

    The body feels as rapidly as it can. There are plenty ways to slow down healing - like too early return to play - but no known way to speed it up.

    It is usually best to do some rehab after forced rest to repair an injury.

    The key is to start slow and increase the level of amount of exercise gradually.

    Check with your doctor what types of exercise would be recommended - many have started with the weakest of the Theraband Flexbars http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB3TVb8a5mk or hand grippers http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Gripmaster_Hand__Finger_Exerciser/descpageGRIP-GRIP.html
  3. Chas Tennis

    Chas Tennis Legend

    Feb 17, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Inititial healing

    That is a great display. Are there accompanying definitions for the terms?

    I read in The Repetitive Strain Injury Handbook, R. Simon, a brief description of tendon healing by Dr John Cianca. He used tennis elbow as an example for acute injury tendon healing. He said that if you play on an acute tendon injury for "more than a few weeks" then the healing may thereafter be flawed with the microscopic tissue defects that you have shown and discussed so clearly in your replies.

    After reading Cianca's description I believe that I avoided golfer's elbow after an acute injury by stopping my tennis just in time.

    I recently purchased a copy of the book but the 1st edition (2000) that I got did not have the comments by Dr Cianca.

    The issue of what to do in the days after an injury is very important as many tennis players continue on until an injury gets worst and stops them. Some unnecessarily take on permanent injuries that way, with tennis elbow being the best example.

    We're not going to stop for every pain but we have to find a reasonable way to reduce the risk of chronic injury.
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2012
  4. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

    Feb 13, 2009
    That graph is from Phases of Tendon Healing at http://www.northcoastfootcareblog.com/phases-of-tendon-healing/

    While the description there is somewhat superficial, I thought the image reinforced the idea that microscopic injuries occur as we play/exercise, and the healing goes on long after the initial soreness/inflammation subsides.

    Of course continued play with pain can result in much worse overuse injuries where the pain/inflammation lasts much longer.

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