Repetative Strain Injuries
Repetative Strain Injuries Introduction
What is Tenosynovitis?
Tenosynovitis is a type of repetitive strain injury that is similar to tendonitis in a number of ways, however it differs as it affects the sheath of the tendon.
More often than not, cases of tenosynovitis develop within the fingers, and the syndrome is known as trigger finger.
Sufferers of tenosynovitis may experience a limited range of motion within the fingers, and may feel a cracking when trying to straighten the affected fingers.
Racquet based sports such as squash, tennis and badminton are often related to Tenosynovitis.
Thumb & Wrist Injuries
What can you do to prevent Tenosynovitis?
Aim to avoid excessive movements to the affected area. Exercise the area affected to strengthen the muscle around the tendon. It's a good idea to seek the advice of a physiotherapist for this.
Be sure to warm up thoroughly before exercise and cool down afterwards.
What should you do if you suffer from Tenosynovitis?
Surgical intervention is very rarely needed with this condition, we recommend:
- Rest. It is important to rest to allow the condition to settle. Sometimes a splint, firm bandage or brace is put on a wrist if this is the area affected.
- Ice packs over the affected area may ease swelling and pain.
- Anti-inflammatory painkillers are often prescribed, these ease pain and help reduce inflammation.
- Physiotherapy may be advised, especially if the condition is not settling with the above measures.
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