Wrist tendonitis, also called tenosynovitis, is a common condition characterized by irritation and inflammation of the tendons around the wrist joint. Tendonitis occurs at points where the tendons of the wrist cross each other or pass over a bony prominence.Tendons are tough, flexible, fibrous bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. They can be small, like the delicate, tiny bands in the hands, or large, like the heavy, rope-like cords that anchor the calf or thigh muscles. When tendons become inflamed, irritated or suffer microscopic tears, the condition is called Tendonitis.
The tendon sheaths have a fluid within the sheath called synovial fluid, and when this becomes inflamed, the condition is called tenosynovitis.In most cases, the cause of tendonitis is unknown; when a cause can be identified, the condition usually happens for one of two reasons: Overuse of a particular body motion or overdoing of a certain activity, such as weightlifting etc.
Signs of wrist tendonitis
The most common and consistent complaint of patients diagnosed with Wrist Tendonitis is a pain in the wrist. Other include swelling around the wrist, warmth and redness of the tendons, grinding sensations (crepitus) with movement of the tendons.The diagnosis of Wrist Tendonitis is made by looking for the characteristic signs of this condition. In addition, depending on the tendon that is inflamed, the physician may perform tests that stretch the specific tendons of concern to locate the precise source of inflammation.