If you’ve ever heard of de Quervain’s tenosynovitis or been told that you have it, it sounds terrible!! But don’t panic, it’s not as serious as you think!! De Quervain’s tenosynovitis refers to inflammation of the tendons in the thumb. This condition is common and causes pain and tenderness along the thumb side of the wrist. It differs from carpal tunnel syndrome as de Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a thickening of the tendon where as carpel tunnel refers to compression of the median nerve.
If you suffer from de Quervain’s tenosynovitis you may have difficulty moving your thumb. You may also have pain when forming a fist or grasping something and discomfort when turning your wrist or lifting an object in front of you. It’s often caused by overuse of the thumb and wrist when golfing, typing or texting, or playing the piano. It can also be associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Pain and swelling of the tendons surrounding the thumb limit movement and make everyday activities difficult. Although de Quervain’s syndrome can be quite painful it will usually respond well to treatment. It is important to get a diagnosis from a physiotherapist and then to follow a treatment plan that will provide you with exercises and education to help decrease inflammation, improve function and prevent recurrences.
Contact us at A Body In Motion Rehabilitation and we’ll be happy to book you an appointment to help get you on the road to recovery!