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A 22-year-old male asked:

How long should a wrist take to heal from rsi from weightlifting , had about 5 in 6 months. 5 months no injury atm, however still can't bend wrist back fully b/c of stiffness/pain, want to weightlift?

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Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Should Be Healed: It should be healed, if 5-6 months have passed. You may need physical therapy. Pt would reduce the initial pain and swelling, work on returning full mobility and strength, and have you back to training, on average, within 4-6 weeks. Either the actual injury was missed initially or something else has developed in the wrist to prevent extension. See your doctor.
Dr. Martin Tamler
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 33 years experience
Persistant: Likely due to persistent tendinosis of the wrist and finger flexors. You need to see an orthopedic hand specialist or a physical medicine & rehab specialist who can guide you through the proper eccentric exercises for recovery... Assuming they find no other pathology such as tendon tears or cartilage damage.

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