MEDICAL

Can't Put Weight on Palm of Hand (Tendonitis)

This ailment began as a nagging pain and got progressively worse through the repeated use of the wrist. I couldn't find any kind of absolute treatment for this problem on the web, and so I'm relating my correction/cure to the condition.

This problem pertains to not being able to put any weight on the palm of my right hand without my hand and wrist giving out. I initially thought that this was a medical condition unique to myself alone, but after speaking with several friends/acquaintances, I found that this is not an uncommon injury. To give a short and sweet medical fix for the ailment, a person needs only to rest the hand for approximately 6 to 9 months. Please read on to discover the avenue I took to allow the body a chance to heal itself.

I am a duckpin bowler. For those who aren't familiar with this variation of bowling, the pins are about half the size of a conventional bowling pin, and the bowling balls are approximately 5 inches in diameter and weigh between 3.5 to 4 pounds. Early in the spring of 2010, more precisely, the middle of March, while bowling I began to notice a strain on my wrist, which was only mildly painful during the bowling session. The pain was worse after arriving back home for the evening. I figured this was just a normal occurrence, possibly due to maybe unconsciously twisting my hand in an unfamiliar manner. The pain would subside after a while, but as the weeks passed, the pain was lingering at longer intervals, to where my wrist would still be throbbing at times 2-3 days after my night of bowling. Thinking back, I probably should have taken off a week or two from bowling, but since the season was due to end in May, I ignored the problem. My prognosis of the cause of the wrist problem was due to bowling twice a week on oily lane conditions that forced me to unconsciously snap the ball harder with my wrist to keep the ball on track. Thus, chunking a nearly 4 lb. spherical object in a manner I wasn't accustomed to, approximately 70 times a night, 2 nights a week, created a strain.

Things ended up getting worse to where even soaking my wrist after bowling basically had no affect on the disturbed area. I'm not sure when the severity reached its peak, but by the time that May 2010 rolled around, I found that I couldn't put any weight on my right hand, such as when trying to steady myself after sitting on the floor, or even getting up out of chairs. I couldn't twist any kind of screw-on caps or lids, nor was I able to even depress the nozzle of an aerosol spray can. My wrist was so weak and pained, I felt that there was some kind of irreparable damage, and I even speculated that a muscle had become detached.

After the bowling league was over, I decided to immobilize my hand and wrist at various times during the day and at night with two ace bandages, but not so tight as to the circulation being cut off. Two to three months went by, and the condition seemed pretty much the same. After the first 2 months, I only wore the bandages sparingly. I was advised by a few friends to get an x-ray taken at the doctor's office, but I never did, since I had no medical insurance. I've always been a believer that the body is constantly in a state of healing, so I refrained from taking any medication. I decided to take off a year from bowling to let the hand repair itself. By the middle of September, I started to notice a lot less discomfort, and for the first time in months I felt that my hand might get back to normal. I'd estimate that my wrist was at about 60%-65% of what it originally was. I could put a little weight on my hand, but it wasn't nearly normal. Another 6 weeks have gone by and my hand is at about 90% now. I can now put almost full weight on it, but not totally. Based on the progress so far, I'd estimate that by January 2011, things should be completely back to normal.

During mid-summer 2010, I researched similar ailments on the web, and determined that this wasn't 'carpal tunnel syndrome', as most reports on carpal tunnel indicate numbness. There was no numbness, just throbbing pain, sometimes even when my hand was not being used for anything. Further research narrowed the condition down to being 'tendonitis'.

One thing I found is that anyone with this condition should use a mouse pad which has a wrist support. When I would use the computer during the ailment period, resting my hand on the table without a mouse pad caused a lot of pain. I used one of the ace bandages (rolled up) to support my wrist, and the difference was significant--there was virtually no pain during typing with a hand support.

Anyone with a similar condition would best be advised to put a temporary halt to any activity that aggravates the wrist. Your body is a magnificent device, in a constant state of repair. This is easily recognizable when you consider the fact that bruises and cuts heal themselves in just a matter of days. If your injury isn't due to any kind of drastic collision, and if your symptoms are similar to the ones I've described, you don't need any kind of surgery. Just go about your normal activities, but be conscious of any stress you might be putting on your hand. I used my fist when supporting my weight, which for some reason totally absorbed any kind of stress.