Tendonitis and Carple Tunnel Syndrome

Tendonitis and Carple Tunnel Sydrome are two common wrist injuries for juggling. Both of these injuries are typically caused by a repeated motion and not a single isolated injury instance. Both involve an inflammation of the tendon caused by rubbing against bone or simply by over work. The cure depends on the severity of the injury. The first thing that can be done is to stop the movement that causes the pain. Rest is the first thing that you should try. I am told that eight weeks of complete rest from the activity will help with mild cases. If this isn't enough, you may need therapy. Physical therapists have you do exercises, stretches, ultra-sound treatments etc. until there is improvement or you are broke - whichever comes first. After that, there are cortesone injections. The cortesone reduces the inflammation, thus giving you a "clean slate" from which to work. These injections are taken in conjuction with a modification of your practice routine. Lastly, there is surgery.

If you suspect that your juggling practices are causing you injury in ANY WAY, no matter how slight, you should change your practice habits.

To those who say "I know I should warm up but..." know what they need to do. Don't say it, do it. It will make you feel better, it will give you piece of mind, it will improve your juggling, it will improve your range of motion (ROM), it will improve your flexibility, it will impress the other jugglers, and on, and on, and on... It takes discipline and real desire to recognize and do the work involved.

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