By Bjarne Lühr Hansen PhD, MD and Philipp Skafte-Holm MD, Mentor Institute
Tenosynovitis is due to an overload of the wrist and usually disappears by itself within a few weeks. You must try to relieve your hand. The doctor can prescribe painkillers, refer to physiotherapy and give an inject into the wrist. For several months pain, an orthopedic surgeon may perform an operation.
Tenosynovitis in the wrist is frequent in adults. Tenosynovitis is due to an overload of the wrist during repeated movements and is seen, for example, in slaughterhouse workers, cleaning staff and in women with small children.
The pain occurs a few days after the overload and is described as a throb in the wrist that can radiate into the thumb. The pain is exacerbated when using the hand - especially when squeezing something or lifting a heavy object. Some people therefore have trouble drinking from a glass or even drop things.
On the upper side of the wrist there may be a slight swelling which is sore.
In most cases, the pain disappears by itself without treatment within a few weeks, if only the hand is relieved.