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Do you have wrist/thumb pain? De Quervains Tenosynovitis

What is it?


De Quervains is an overuse condition that involves inflammation of the soft tissue structures that surround the tendons of the thumb. It is usually caused by repeated wrist and thumb movements which cause the tendons to rub over the underlying wrist bone.

De Quervains Tenosynovitis
De Quervains Tenosynovitis

What does it feel like?


This condition results in pain and tenderness of the tendons as the pass over the wrist joint. The thumb or wrist moves, there may also be crepitus (creaking) of the tendons that can be heard or felt. In some cases there is also swelling present in the tendons.

What do I do about it?


This condition does not normally get better by itself. Leaving the problem will usually result in the condition worsening or may prolong your recovery.

Assessment by your Physiotherapist is vital to get the right treatment and send you on a path to recovery. In the meantime, you should avoid activities that aggravate your pain and symptoms.

The Physiotherapist will assess the problem and establish it severity. Treatment may include: activity modification, wrist mobilisations, soft tissue massage, stretching exercises, splinting or bracing, or referral for investigations and appropriate pain relief.

Want specific advice for your individual situation? Make an appointment today on (07) 3846 4800.

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