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7 Little Known Facts about Tendonitis and How to Cure It

7 Little Known Facts about Tendonitis and How to Cure It

Wrist tendonitis does not happen to sports persons only as any common person can equally be exposed to it. If you are facing pain, irritation or even inflation in your wrist, you are surely having wrist tendonitis.

A Tendon is basically a tissue – a strong issue which attaches a muscle to the bone and tendonitis happens when your tendons are inflamed. This can be due to many reasons but not all reasons are sports related. Excessive use of technology such as computers and exposure to other machinery can increase the risk but there are other factors too. In most of the cases, the pain often becomes unbearable forcing people to seek active medical help.

If you are suffering from this condition now or just want to know more, here is a list of things you should know.

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1. Symptoms can be sudden

The overall symptoms of wrist tendonitis can be sudden or they can develop over a period of time. If you start to feel pain in your wrist or it becomes stiff and burns, you should consult your doctor for an early diagnosis of wrist tendonitis.

2. Reduce the use of Computers and other machines

Using a computer mouse and the constant movements over touchscreens and keyboards could be likely causes of this health condition. You need to make sure you use computers and other devices wisely as you may easily fall victim of this health problem.

3. Risk increases with age

It is a scientifically proven fact that as we age our bones become weaker, therefore, the chances of developing this condition at the later stages of our life is a big possibility.

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4. Always choose your expert wisely

Many people often misunderstand wrist tendonitis with carpal tunnel pain but these are different issues and it takes real expertise to actually understand the difference between the two.

It is also to be noted that this condition can be corrected with self-care but if the condition persists over a period of time and it interferes with your day to day activities, it’s time to actually find a qualified expert. You need to find a qualified and skilled person to actually help you heal this pain as a wrong diagnosis and treatment can actually aggravate your pain instead of providing you any relief.

5. Icing vs heating

Two most common treatments for this condition are whether you ice your wrist or apply heat to it. Though both methods are considered as good, applying ice is preferred over applying heating.

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Icing actually numbs the pain and help the nerves to constrict which provides quick relief for the pain. Applying ice early especially within first 3 days is considered as most effective. Another alternative available to you is using handheld equipments to massage your wrists and hands. Applying heat or cold through such handheld equipments can be great for your healing.

6. Exercises

Besides icing and heating, wrist and hand exercises are another way to treat this condition. If your specialist recommends exercises, you may have to regularly go the center for exercises or you can even perform them at home.

This condition often develops due to playing sports which involve wrists including cricket, golf, hockey and other sports. If you are playing golf, you need to make sure you use golfrange finders to assess the distance so that you can apply appropriate force through your wrists before hitting the ball.

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Similarly, if you play cricket, you need to make sure your eye and hand coordination is good otherwise your wrist can suffer a lot due to the application of irregular force through your wrists. In most cases, external assistance is always required to perform the exercises.

7. Herbal Treatments

Though there are normal traditional treatments available through qualified medical practitioners, there are some herbal treatments available too. You may try complementary therapies including homeopathic medicines which you can easily find in any health store.

Wrist Tendonitis can be harmful and can restrict your ability to perform day to day activities. It is therefore always better to spot the symptoms early on and start to manage them right from the beginning.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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