What exercises help treat wrist tendinitis?

Tendinitis can be a very tricky injury. Pain is going to be your best indicator for what exercises you can and cannot do. Start simple with light stretching of the wrist in all directions. If no pain is felt during these exercises, you can progress to light strengthening exercises. These can involve gripping a rubber ball, bending and straightening the wrist with a light weight in your hand, and turning your wrist over from palm up to palm down with a lightweight object in your hand. These exercises should be completed 15-30 times and 2-3 times a day. If pain is felt during these exercises, stop the exercise and rest for the remainder of the day. You can begin the exercise again when you are pain free, and you can increase the weight when it becomes easier for you to do so.

Additionally, it is always a good idea to see your doctor for possible referral to a certified athletic trainer who can outline a progression of strengthening exercises for you.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Indiana University Athletic Training Education Program)

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