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Is the pain in my wrist Tendonitis?

Tendonitis can affect many areas of the body, such as the wrist, elbow, shoulder, or bicep. Actually, anywhere a tendon (fibrous connective tissue) connects a bone to a muscle.

Tendons transmit the force generated by muscle contraction to the bones, causing movement of the body parts to which the bones are connected. They also help to stabilize joints and maintain posture.

Symptoms of tendonitis in the wrist and elbow can include:

  • Pain and tenderness in the wrist, particularly when gripping or grasping objects.

  • Stiffness in the wrist, especially in the morning or after periods of inactivity.

  • Weakness in the hand or wrist.

  • Swelling or redness in the wrist.

  • A popping or crackling sound when moving the wrist.

It is also worth noting that some individuals with these symptoms might have a condition called Tennis elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) or Golfer elbow (Medial Epicondylitis).

Tennis elbow and golfer's elbow are similar conditions, but they affect different parts of the elbow. Tennis elbow affects the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to the lateral epicondyle (the bony part on the outer part of the elbow.)

Golfer's elbow, also known as medial epicondylitis, affects tendons attached to the bony part on the inner part of the elbow.

Both conditions cause pain and tenderness in the affected area and are typically caused by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm, such as those involved in playing tennis or golf or other activities that involve a repetitive arm and wrist motions.

Several factors can cause Tendonitis to worsen:

Overuse: Engaging in repetitive motions or activities that put stress on the affected tendon can cause it to become inflamed and worsen the condition.

Lack of rest: Not allowing the affected tendon enough time to rest and heal can lead to further inflammation and damage.

Lack of proper treatment: Not receiving appropriate treatment, such as physical therapy or rest, can worsen the condition over time.

Incorrect form: Using improper form or technique when engaging in physical activity can put unnecessary stress on the tendon and cause it to worsen.

Age: As we age, tendons lose some elasticity and strength, making them more prone to injury and inflammation.

Obesity: Obesity puts extra stress on tendons, making them more prone to injury and inflammation.

Weak muscles: Weakness in the surrounding muscles can cause tendons to overwork and worsen the condition.

It's essential to consult a doctor or a physical therapist to get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan to prevent the condition from worsening.

Massage therapy can help with tendonitis by reducing inflammation and pain in the affected area. It can also improve blood flow, promoting healing and reducing stiffness. Additionally, massage therapy can help loosen tight muscles and fascia that may contribute to the condition.

Regular massage therapy sessions can also help to prevent the condition from recurring by keeping the muscles and tendons in the area flexible and robust.

Our Massage Therapist, Brent Ellis, RMT, is available to discuss your needs.

Appointments with Brent are available:

Wednesday - 8:30 am - final appointment at 7:30 pm

Friday - 8:30 am - final appointment at 3:30 pm


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