Flexor Carpi Ulnaris and Flexor Carpi Radialis Tendinitis

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ExitCare ImageTendonitis is a condition that involves inflammation of a tendon, which is a soft tissue that connects muscle to bone. The flexor carpi ulnaris (FCU) and flexor carpi radialis (FCR) tendons are vulnerable to tendonitis. The FCU and FCR are used for bending the wrist and gripping. FCU and FCR tendonitis may include inflammation of the tendon lining (sheath). The lining normally secretes fluid that allows the tendons to function smoothly, but when it is inflamed, function is impaired. This condition may also include a tear in the FCU or FCR tendon or muscle (strain). The strain may be classified as grade 1 or 2. Grade 1 strains cause pain, but the tendon is not lengthened. Grade 2 strains include a lengthened ligament, due to the ligament being stretched or partially torn. With grade 2 strains, there is still function, although function may be decreased.

SYMPTOMS

CAUSES

FCU and FCR tendonitis are caused by injury to the FCU and FCR tendons. This is often due to chronic or repeated injuries, but may also be due to severe (acute) injury. Common causes of injury include:

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PREVENTION

PROGNOSIS

If treated properly, FCU and FCR tendonitis is usually curable with 6 weeks.

RELATED COMPLICATIONS

TREATMENT

Treatment first involves the use of ice and medicine to reduce pain and inflammation Performing stretching and strengthening exercises regularly is important for a quick recovery. These exercises may be completed at home or with a therapist. Your caregiver may recommend the use of a brace or splint to reduce motions that aggravate symptoms. Corticosteroid injections may be recommended. If non-surgical treatment is unsuccessful, surgery may be necessary.

MEDICATION

COLD THERAPY

Cold treatment (icing) relieves pain and reduces inflammation. Cold treatment should be applied for 10 to 15 minutes every 2 to 3 hours, and immediately after activity that aggravates your symptoms. Use ice packs or an ice massage.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

EXERCISES

RANGE OF MOTION (ROM) AND STRETCHING EXERCISES - Flexor Carpi Ulnaris and Flexor Carpi Radialis Tendinitis

These exercises may help you when beginning to recover from your injury. Your symptoms may go away with or without further involvement from your physician, physical therapist or athletic trainer. While completing these exercises, remember:

ExitCare Image RANGE OF MOTION – Wrist Flexion, Active-Assisted

Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.

*If directed by your physician, physical therapist or athletic trainer, complete this stretch with your elbow bent, rather than extended.

ExitCare Image RANGE OF MOTION – Wrist Extension, Active-Assisted

Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.

*If directed by your physician, physical therapist or athletic trainer, complete this stretch with your elbow bent, rather than extended.

ExitCare Image STRETCH - Wrist Flexion

Repeat __________ times. Complete this stretch __________ times per day.

ExitCare Image STRETCH – Wrist Extension

Repeat __________ times. Complete this stretch __________ times per day.

STRENGTHENING EXERCISES - Flexor Carpi Ulnaris and Flexor Carpi Radialis Tendinitis

These exercises may help you when beginning to recover from your injury. They may resolve your symptoms with or without further involvement from your physician, physical therapist or athletic trainer. While completing these exercises, remember:

ExitCare Image STRENGTH – Wrist Flexors

Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.

ExitCare Image STRENGTH – Wrist Extensors

Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.

ExitCare Image STRENGTH - Ulnar Deviators

Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day

ExitCare Image STRENGTH - Radial Deviators

Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.

ExitCare Image STRENGTH - Grip

Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.