What is De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?
This is a painful condition affecting the tendons of the thumb side of the wrist. Chronic overuse of the wrist is a common factor to cause de quervain’s tenosynovitis. Repeating similar movements of the wrist everyday can aggravate the sheath around the tendons causing an irritation and thickening of the wrist tendons resulting in a restricted movement. Also, a direct injury to the wrist or tendon and or having inflammatory arthritis, such as, rheumatoid arthritis can develop to tenosynovitis.
Symptoms of de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis include:
If the symptoms go untreated for to long the pain can ultimately spread further from the thumb up the forearm and limit wrist range of motion.
Treatment for de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
The treatment plan for this condition is focused on reducing inflammation around the thumb area. Initially, the treatment plan will include a brace for the thumb/wrist area to decrease as much movement for a period of time, avoid pinching and grasping objects, and applying ice to the affected area. Also, at West Family Chiropractic we offer ultrasound, massage, cold laser and exercise therapy that can treat this condition. A more complex condition of de quervain tenosynovitis can result in a more invasive treatment plan such as, injections or surgery.
De Quervain Tenosynovitis is a very painful condition affecting the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist and can be prevented without surgery with other healing modalities offered at West Family Chiropractic. See a doctor if you ever have ongoing symptoms.