Preventing Tenosynovitis

There are a number of suggestions that can help to reduce the likelihood of suffering from tenosynovitis. Many of them are common sense measures and if you consider yourself as someone in a high risk category of potentially getting tenosynovitis then it may be wise to take these measures into account.

Tenosynovitis is a condition that can be brought about by sustained repetitive motions, particularly in the fingers, hands and arms. Therefore, if you play sport or your profession dictates that you will be intensively and repetitively moving your joints then you should seek to mitigate the repetitive movements.

If you are playing sports it is advisable to warm up and warm down sufficiently and don’t overdo the exercise.

Tenosynovitis can be brought on by cuts becoming infected and the bacteria infecting the tendon and tendon sheath so it is important that all cuts and wounds are treated hygienically and to the best standard possible.

If you have suffered from tenosynovitis in the past then you may wish to consider a course of muscle strengthening in the area that you previously suffered. A physiotherapist should be able to advise you as to the best exercise regime to follow.

If your job involves repetitive movements you may want to speak with your employer to ensure that they are doing everything they can lessen the risk of you developing a repetitive strain injury such as tenosynovitis. Particular measures that you/your employer may wish to consider are –

  • Ensuring that the workstation is ergonomically designed
  • Make sure that regular rest periods are taken if high strain repetitive tasks are being carried out
  • Work areas should be designed so that they are the right height and angle for the user
  • The correct tools should be used at all times with the minimum of pressure exerted to do the job required
  • Share intensive work between employees
  • All workers should be correctly trained to do their job so that there is a minimum of risk