The wrist is used a great deal in many racquet sports, especially badminton. Wrist tendonitis in badminton is a common overuse injury that can cause players a great deal of pain. Fortunately, with rest and proper wrist tendonitis treatment, badminton players can usually make a quick return to sport.
“Wrist injuries can be common in badminton just because of the speed of the wrist movement as they’re flicking the shuttle cock,” says Carl Petersen, a physiotherapist and HealthChoicesFirst.com partner. “Wrist tendonitis can affect any of the muscles that run from the forearm up into the hand because they form tendons in this region here. Because of the nature of the forehand and backhand strokes, you’ll get some over use in those tendons and those muscles.”
Wrist Tendonitis Symptoms
Wrist tendonitis symptoms can range from quite mild to severe. The pain of wrist tendonitis usually occurs slowly over time and may come and go. Symptoms will get worse if a player doesn't stop the repetitive motions that are causing the injury.
“A player will develop some swelling,” says Petersen. “There may also be redness over the area and it will be quite painful to touch.”
Wrist Tendonitis Treatment
“If you suspect you have wrist tendonitis, obviously you’re going to want to follow the PRICE or the RICE principle in the first 24 to 48 hours,” says Petersen. “That means applying ice to the area on a regular basis by utilizing an ice pack or some other form of cold implement.”
It's important to avoid playing badminton during wrist tendonitis treatment, in order to prevent a chronic injury. If you believe you have this condition, see your physiotherapist for advice on wrist tendonitis treatment and recovery exercises.
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