Caution: Does your wrist hurt? It may be tendinitis

The use of technologies that are in vogue such as laptops or mobiles, increases the chances of suffering from tendonitis. In fact, these devices generate 29 percent more than tendinitis than other jobs that do not require continuous use of technological devices, explains physiatrist Omar Santillán.

“The tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendon, that is, the structure that joins muscle with bone. If it is not treated in time, it can become chronic (become chronic) and lead to tendon degeneration over the years.

“One of the hardest hit areas is the wrists. Studies show that 50 percent of people who use the computer mouse for more than 8 hours a day suffer from tendinitis. This is generally due to continuous exposure to vibrations and abnormal position of the hand and wrist “, commented the specialist.

Given the persistence of pain, numbness or loss of strength, it is important to contact a physiotherapist with a professional license who is in charge of the evaluation and treatment of human movement.

How to detect it?

EThe most common symptom of tendonitis is numbness and tingling, which appears when pressure on the wrist increases from repetitive movements or holding the hand in one position for a long time.

Thumb tendonitis from mobile phone messaging is also common. In these cases, the pain is located in the wrist and can extend to the forearm.

In case of suffering from tendonitis, specialists insist on the need to treat it as soon as possible to avoid the risk of tendon rupture. In these cases, rehabilitation will no longer be enough and it will be necessary to resort to surgery to remove the inflamed tendon.

How does it manifest?

A common feature in all patients with tendinitis is the appearance of localized pain in the tendon area.

At first the patient will feel a mild pain that does not affect movement. However, as days go by and without proper treatment, the pain can spread to the forearm and elbow and increase in intensity.

Treatment consists of the use of anti-inflammatories, which must be complemented, on occasions, with rehabilitation sessions to achieve functional re-education.


  • Carry out a 10-15 minute warm-up at the beginning of the workday at the computer or laptop.
  • Take breaks every two hours to avoid damaging the tendons.
  • Avoid poor posture at work.
  • Do not sit for many hours in the same position.
  • Use ergonomic designs on tables, keyboards or chairs, as they can reduce injuries at work by up to 50 percent.
  • The keyboard should be lower than elbow height to keep the shoulders and wrists in a relaxed position.
  • Supported forearms when typing on the keyboard or using the mouse.

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