When Joe Johnson left the October 30 game against the Dallas Mavericks, trainers originally assumed he had a wrist sprain. Unfortunately, the Utah Jazz player’s injury is more serious than a sprain. Further examination revealed that Johnson has tendon instability in his right wrist, his shooting arm.
The tendon instability in his wrist had likely been affecting Johnson’s game for a while, bringing down his shooting percentage. It is unclear how long Johnson will be unable to play, although he will be given at least two weeks to recover. At that point, he will be reevaluated to determine if he is ready to return to the line-up. While there are other players who will step up while Johnson is sidelined, he is likely to be missed on the court.
Tendon instability can be a painful condition for athletes of all ages. Swelling, pain, and difficulty using the injured area may all be signs of tendon instability. Like was the case for Johnson, you may initially assume you have suffered a wrist sprain. Even an experienced doctor will likely want to use an MRI or an x-ray to properly diagnose the injury.
If tendon instability is determined to be the cause of your wrist pain, you will need to rest your injured wrist. It may be immobilized in a splint or sling to help you avoid using it while it is healing. The amount of time you will need to rest your injured wrist will depend upon the extent of the injury as well how quickly the injury heals. Along with resting your wrist, your doctor may encourage you to ice your injury and to take anti-inflammatory pain medication, to deal with the pain as well as inflammation.
Even as the injured area starts to feel better, it is important to follow your doctor’s orders concerning resting your wrist. If you return to your normal activities too early, you may find yourself sidelined again.