It feels like summer is officially here, and for some of you, the heavy lifting might be over. The garden is planted, and now you get to maintain and enjoy it for the next few months.
Of course, all the pruning, picking, and gripping tools aren’t exactly easy on your wrists. If you’re not already experiencing a little bit of joint pain, you may by month’s end.
Many people experience wrist tendinitis in the summer. Various outdoor activities – gardening, cycling, sports, grilling, and even having a cold drink or two – can put pressure on the wrist joint and cause pain and swelling.
In most cases, tendinitis is an irritating but manageable condition. In these cases, either fighting through the pain and swelling is suitable, or simply taking some time to rest the joint is sufficient.
Other times, the flare-ups aren’t so forgiving. In these cases, you’ll want to avoid putting much pressure on the joint and seek more intensive treatment.
Splints and compression sleeves can help. Splints offer added support to take pressure off the joint, while compression sleeves do that in addition to helping tame inflammation.
There are also various stretches you can do to help improve flexibility. Wrist circles, as well as flexion and contraction movements, may help aid blood flow, improve range of motion, and reduce the pain and frequency of flare-ups.
Over-the-counter pain medicine can offer a quick fix, but don’t necessarily address the root of the problem.
Prevention can also help. Warm up the joints before engaging in activity and attempt to perform your activities at times of the day when your joints are typically loose.
If you feel a flare-up on the way, take action fast so the effects are limited and you can enjoy the summer. And if needed, ask for a little help!