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That sharp thumb and wrist pain: What can you do?

Muhammad Jasim PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Tenosynovitis is a condition where the sheath that surrounds a tendon becomes inflamed. Physical therapy can be an effective treatment option for tenosynovitis, as it can help reduce pain, improve range of motion, and strengthen the affected muscles.

Here are some physical therapy exercises that can help with tenosynovitis:

  1. Range of motion exercises: These exercises help to stretch and strengthen the muscles and tendons in the affected area. They can include simple movements like flexing and extending the wrist, or rotating the shoulder joint.

  2. Strengthening exercises: These exercises focus on strengthening the muscles around the affected area, which can help to reduce the strain on the tendons. For example, exercises that target the forearm muscles can be helpful for tenosynovitis of the wrist.

  3. Soft tissue mobilization: This technique involves the use of massage or other manual techniques to help release tension in the affected muscles and tendons.

  4. Ultrasound therapy: This treatment involves the use of sound waves to promote healing in the affected area. It can help to reduce pain and inflammation, and may also help to improve range of motion.

It's important to note that the specific exercises and techniques used in physical therapy for tenosynovitis will depend on the location and severity of the condition, as well as individual factors such as age, overall health, and fitness level. Therefore, it's important to consult with a qualified physical therapist who can create a personalized treatment plan based on your specific needs

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