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Diagnosis and management of intersection syndrome as a cause of overuse wrist pain
  1. Robin Chatterjee1,2,
  2. Jay Vyas3
  1. 1Sports & Exercise Medicine, Charing Cross Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2Sports & Exercise Medicine, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
  3. 3General Practice, Schopwick Surgery Elstree, Elstree, Hertfordshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Robin Chatterjee, robinchatterjee1{at}


Wrist pain due to repetitive motion or overuse is a common presentation in primary care. This case reports the rare condition of intersection syndrome as the cause of the wrist pain in an amateur tennis player. This is a non-infectious, inflammatory process that occurs where tendons in the first extensor compartment intersect the tendons in the second extensor compartment. Suitable history and examination provided the diagnosis, which was confirmed by MRI. Management consisted of early involvement of the multidisciplinary team, patient education, workplace and sporting adaptations, rest, analgesia, reduction of load, protection and immobilisation of the affected joint followed by a period of rehabilitation.

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