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Ice - Cold therapy reduces inflammation and stimulates blood flow
Anti-inflammatory drugs - Ibuprofen or other non-steroidal antiinflammatory medication relieve pain and swelling
Cortisone injection - If other treatment methods are not effective,
corticosteroids offer powerful relief; multiple repeated injections are not
recommended, as they may weaken the wrist tendon
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) - Platelets are separated from the blood
and injected into the wrist to reduce inflammation

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Surgery - For cases resistant to non-operative treatment, wrist tendonitis surgery may be necessary to remove inflamed tissue, alleviate
tightness, and release any constricted tendons
WRIST TENDONITIS RECOVERY TIME
Recovery time for wrist tendonitis depends on the severity of the
condition. Generally, new cases of wrist tendonitis require shorter
duration/less invasive treatments and heal faster than more established
cases. Severe injuries or neglected cases of wrist tendonitis are often
associated with longer treatment times and a greater need for surgery.

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Mild wrist pain usually responds to splinting, rest, cold therapy, and
anti-inflammatory drugs within a few weeks. More advanced tendonitis
may not respond to conservative treatment, and surgical recovery can
take 3 months or more. Beginning a physiotherapy program immediately
after surgery will speed up the recovery process.
PREPARING FOR AN APPOINTMENT
On the day of your visit, be prepared to tell your doctor:
* The location and intensity of your wrist pain
* When the pain began and how long it has lasted
* Background information such as an injury or event that may have
caused your symptoms
* Previous treatments you have tried such as ice, splinting, or anti-inflammatory medication
Bring a list of your current medications and dosages and any
specific questions you may have. You may want to ask some of the
following questions:
1. What treatment options are available for my condition?
2. Can we begin with the least invasive treatment and progress to
more involved procedures later?
3. Do I need surgery? If so, what are the benefits and drawbacks of
scheduling surgery now versus waiting until a future date?
4. What happens during the procedure?
5. What are the side effects of this treatment?
6. Are there any associated risks or complications?
7. How long will it take for me to heal?
8. Will I need physical therapy? If so, how long will I have
to be in therapy?

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