The best therapy is to rest your wrist. Keep your wrist immobile for at least 1 week. You can do this with a wrist splint.
Wear a wrist splint during any sports or activities that could put stress on your wrist.
Once you can move your wrist without pain, you can start light stretching to increase strength and movement.
Your doctor may recommend a physical therapist who will work with you so that you can return to normal activity as soon as possible.
To increase strength and flexibility, do light stretching exercises. One exercise you can practice is squeezing a tennis ball:
- Hold your hand out in front of you.
- Lightly grasp a tennis ball.
- Gently squeeze the tennis ball, then add more pressure if there is no pain or discomfort.
- Hold for 5 seconds, then release your grip.
- Repeat 5 - 10 times. Do this a few times a day.
Before and after:
- Use a heating pad on your wrist to warm the area up.
- Massage the area around your wrist and thumb to loosen the muscles.
- Ice your wrist and take pain medication after activity if there is any discomfort.
The best way for the tendons to heal is to stick to a care plan. The more you rest and practice exercises, the quicker your injury will heal.