What Causes Tendonitis

Our fingers, hands and wrists are about the first area that symptoms of tendonitis could occur and be most aggrevating.  Think about it.  We use hand, finger and wrist movement pretty much every waking moment of our day.  From brushing our teeth when we first get up to drinking that last cupful of water prior to going to bed.

Common Overuse Injuries:

One of the main causes of tendonitis is from overuse. Hobbies and professions that involve working with the hands are a common contributor of wrist and hand tendonitis.  Below are some common overuse injuries that could occur in the hands and wrist.


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Trigger Finger: Caused by inflammation in the pulley system of the flexor tendons. Commonly seen in diabetic patients and those with thyroid conditions.

De Quervain’s Tendonitis: Occurs in the hand and wrist when tendons and the tendon covering (sheath) on the thumb side of the wrist swell and become inflamed. Commonly seen in new mothers and new grandmothers.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A condition brought on by increased pressure on a nerve (the median nerve) in the wrist. Symptoms may include numbness, tingling, and pain in the arm, hand and fingers. Can be caused by the flexor tendons being inflamed near the nerve….More at Health Matters: Need a hand? Questions and answers about overuse injuries of … – Delco News Network

Read the full story for information on how these injuries can be treated or whether you should see a doctor for these injuries.