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How to Mend Your Extensor (Wrist) Tendinitis

Updated on October 26, 2012

There are a set of tendons (called Extensor tendons) at the top of each wrist and the back of each hand that attach to bones, ligaments and muscles in the hand. These tendons allow our hands to perform dexterous movements and have a thin sheath of smooth tissue that allows for fluid movement of these tendons in the hand. Extensor tendinitis may occur directly to the Extensor tendons, or to the sheath encasing the tendons.

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What Causes Extensor (Wrist) Tendinitis?

The wrist facilitates a variety of movements that allow us to perform a range of daily activities. For example, we can tilt our hands down (flexion), up (extension), to the left or right (radial and ulnar deviations) or twisting the wrist to face or hands inward or outward (pronation and supination). Tendinitis of the wrist can occur due to overuse or repetition of any of the aforementioned movements of the wrist. This is often experienced by many athletes or professionals who are required to use their hands or wrists when participating in sporting activities or forceful repetitive actions at work.


What Symptoms Should You Expect?

Tendinitis of the wrist often results in pain associated with any form of wrist motion. The wrist area may also experience some swelling and be tender to the touch.

You may also experience:

  • Initial pain over the back of the wrist that is only felt under strain, eventually becoming a sharp or constant dull pain whenever you move your wrist
  • Stiffness and loss of flexibility in the wrist
  • Swelling, heat and tenderness in the wrist area
  • Tingling or numbness in the hand

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What Treatments are Available to Mend Your Extensor (Wrist) Tendinitis?

This injury can easily be prevented by avoiding any activities that require a significant amount of wrist motion. You should also pay close attention to the positioning of your wrist or hand (try to maintain your wrist in a neutral position).

Tendon injuries typically require longer healing processes because tendons are tough, dense tissues that normally receive very little blood flow. It is best to heal any tendon injury with minimal scar tissue formation and as much realignment of fibers as possible; which can be accomplished through Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy.

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As soon as your wrist is injured your body triggers natural events that isolate damaged tissue and prepare it for healing. The main symptoms you will immediately feel after injury - the swelling, redness (rubor), heat (calor), pain (dolor), and loss of function - are really just signs that your body is starting to heal.

Unfortunately when your wrist is swollen and inflamed the damaged tissue is blocking vital blood flow from coming into the tissue to continue the natural healing process. When your blood flow is blocked, the other healthy tissue in your wrist is starved of oxygen, nutrients and antibodies needed for your healthy tissue to thrive and for your injured wrist to heal. This is why it's never good to let a new injury stay untreated for too long.

Using cold compression immediately following a wrist injury, re-injury, or surgery reduces pain and swelling and reduces the tissue damage that occurs with soft tissue injuries.

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Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy

What can be done for your wrist when the swelling is gone, but the pain is still there? Once the swelling is gone our bodies are starving for the naturally occurring oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy available in our blood. Blood flow is like the life force of our bodies, and the healing process really takes off only when the wrist receives proper blood flow.

If you want to heal quickly you need to keep your blood flow moving constantly, but you also need to make sure your wrist is actively getting rid of cellular waste and toxins. This is where BFST® comes in, but what exactly is BFST® and how can it help to accelerate healing?

BFST® is exactly what it seems - it's a therapy that substantially increases the flow of blood to your wrist without the need to exercise your already damaged tissue.

Think about your injured soft tissue as if it is a sponge that has dried out. Your damaged tissue is waiting there ready to absorb all of the benefits of increased blood flow but your body is unable to keep up with the demand of what your tissue needs. BFST® boosts your body's natural blood flow, delivering oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy directly to the source of your pain. Once you start receiving all of the benefits BFST® has to offer your injured wrist becomes like a sponge that now has enough blood flow within reach to soak up everything good that is in your blood flow. Increased blood flow through BFST® also acts as a cleanser for your tissue, whisking away all toxins and cellular waste.

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