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Wrist injury won’t heal itself

Q. I work out at least three times a week and I hurt my right wrist. It came on over a couple weeks but now whenever I lift weights or shake hands, it is painful and I feel a click. I rested it for a week, which helped a little but it started right back up when I went to the gym. What should I do now?

I recommend you see an orthopedic surgeon or hand specialist. Most likely you have an overuse injury known as a tendinitis.

Tendons attach muscles to the bone so your wrist can move. Overuse can result in inflammation of the tendon causing pain, stiffness, weakness or clicking.

Tendinitis is usually treated with anti inflammatory medication, splinting, or rehab.

It is also possible you have damaged the cartilage in the wrist (TFCC) or a ligament tear. Your physician will perform a physical examination and will determine a correct diagnosis and treatment so you can resume working out as quickly as possible.

Dr. Harlan Selesnick is team physician of the Miami Heat and director of Miami Sports Medicine Fellowship, Doctors Hospital. Send your questions to

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