Have you been diagnosed with De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis? What is it exactly? It is a painful condition that can lead to swelling and tenderness of the tendons along the thumb side of your wrist. One can feel the pain if one tries to grip and grab anything or make a fist. It can be challenging to state the exact reason, but repetitive motions are among the likely causes. It is common for people to experience it as the wrist and thumb perform various functions. So, imagine being unable to perform the simplest tasks, such as grabbing or pinching objects. Difficult, isn’t it! Do you know that De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is one of the most common forms of tenosynovitis, as it affects at least 1% of the population every year in the US?
Symptoms of De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
The most common symptom is pain in the wrist on the same side of the thumb. Some people may notice a sudden pain or may develop it over time. The pain usually worsens while using the hand, wrist, and thumb and when gripping objects. It can spread from wrist to thumb with symptoms like
Prevention Better Than Cure
The first step is always to prevent and care for oneself; however, situations are not always the same. Prevention is always said to be better than cure, and the best way is to avoid overusing your thumbs and wrists as much as possible. But wrists and thumbs help us perform innumerable functions. So, it is always a good idea to learn the proper technique and wear protective equipment for sports, work, and physical activity. Slowly and steadily adapt the new exercises or activities to avoid injury. Always take breaks and give your hands some rest, and do not continue if you experience any pain. Remember to give your body proper time to rest and recover.
What To Do with De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?
Anyone can experience the condition, but it may likely affect women of age 40, young children, manual laborers performing all tasks with hands, athletes, etc. It is important to undergo an evaluation; without knowing, one can sleep over it. They can highly increase the chances of
worsening their condition. The provider may even ask the patient to undergo imaging tests, like X-rays. Usually, over-the-counter medications, ice applications, etc., are some common remedies; however, if the condition is left untreated, it can worsen. Remember, the condition is treatable and usually a short-term issue.
If you believe that the discomfort in your thumb and wrist may be due to De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis, please call Form Hand Therapy at (510) 350-3030 to schedule a consultation. For your convenience, you may also request a consultation online.