De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a condition that affects the tendons on the thumb side of your wrist. It is a common overuse injury that can cause pain and discomfort in the wrist and thumb, making it difficult to perform simple daily tasks.

In this blog post, we will discuss the common signs and symptoms of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, as well as the treatment options available.

What is De Quervain’s tenosynovitis?

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a condition that affects the tendons that run from the forearm to the thumb. These tendons pass through a tunnel in the wrist, called the sheath. When the tendons become inflamed or irritated, it can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the thumb.

Common signs and symptoms

The most common symptom of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is pain and tenderness on the thumb side of the wrist. This pain may also extend up the forearm. Other common symptoms include swelling and difficulty moving the thumb. In some cases, a popping or snapping sensation may be felt when moving the thumb.

How can it be treated?

There are several treatment options available for De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. The first step is to rest the affected area, avoiding activities that cause pain and discomfort. Applying ice to the wrist can help reduce swelling and pain.

Physiotherapy can also be an effective treatment for De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. A physiotherapist can help you strengthen the muscles in your wrist and hand, as well as teach you exercises to improve flexibility and range of motion.

In more severe cases, your doctor may recommend a corticosteroid injection to reduce inflammation in the affected tendons. Surgery is rarely necessary, but it may be recommended in cases where other treatments have failed.

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Scientific References

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  2. Goubau, J. F., & Strackee, S. D. (2016). De Quervain’s disease: Diagnosis and treatment. Journal of hand surgery (European volume), 41(8), 836-842.
  3. Dias, J. J., Buch, K., & Johnson, A. G. (2015). De Quervain’s disease: Surgical and non-surgical treatment. Open Orthopaedics Journal, 9, 281-287.