Tendonitis of the wrist occurs when the thick, flexible tendon that connects the muscles in your wrist to the bone becomes inflamed and causes pain during movement. The condition is most common with people who overuse their wrists, such as construction workers or golfers. The pain can be significant and may hinder work or other activities until healed. There are some quick ways to relieve the pain associated with wrist tendonitis.
The first step in effective treatment for wrist tendonitis is to immobilize the wrist, according to Arthritis-Treatment-and-Relief.com. Placing the wrist in a splint will rest the inflamed tendon and begin the healing process. Relief will be immediate, as the movement that causes the pain will cease.
By applying ice, you can begin to reduce swelling and further relieve pain. According to iTendonitis.com, ice is among the best cures for inflammation and swelling. Ice packs should not be laid directly on the wrist but wrapped in a cloth to make the extreme cold more comfortable. The ice treatment should be done for 20 minutes, several different times throughout the day. The ice will also increase blood flow to the area, which will help with healing.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) reduce inflammation and will alleviate pain in the wrist. These drugs will work against the base cause of the pain, which is the inflamed tendon, according to MedicineNet. They are available in varying strengths in both over-the-counter and prescription forms. Common over-the-counter NSAIDs include ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin; more potent and longer-lasting drugs in this category include Celebrex (celecoxib), Toradol (ketorolac) and Daypro (oxaprozin).
While NSAIDs are effective in relieving minor to moderate pain, they carry the risk of side effects such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea—and less commonly, ulcers and kidney and liver failure.
Cortisone is an anti-inflammatory treatment administered by injection that is more powerful than oral NSAIDs. The shot is given directly to the site of inflammation and provides quick relief that will often allow normal use of the wrist faster. According to Arthritis-Treatment-and-Relief.com, cortisone injections are safe, but repeated use can lead to weakened tendons that could rupture later.