De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
De Quervain tenosynovitis is a painful irritation of the tendons that run from the wrist to the thumb. These tendons pass through a tunnel-like tissue at the wrist. It can put more pressure on the tendons and make them hard to move.
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This problem is more common in women who are over 40 years of age. It is also more common during pregnancy and after childbirth.
Some activities may raise your risk, such as:
- Sports, such as cross-country skiing
- Repeatedly lifting a baby, young child, or pet
- Certain jobs, such as those that involve using a hammer or similar tool
The goal of treatment is to ease pain and promote movement. This may be done with:
- Limiting activities
- A splint to help rest the area
- Medicine to ease pain and swelling
- Physical therapy and occupational therapy to improve function
Surgery may be done if other methods do not help. The surgery will open the tunnel so the tendons can move freely.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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