De Qeuervain’s Tenosynovitis is a painful condition that affects the tendons on the side of your thumb and wrist. This condition affects two tendons (Abductor Pollicis Longus and the Extensor Pollicis brevis) that arises from your forearm. These two tendons are very close together and they pass through a structure called the synovium before inserting at the base of the thumb.
This type of injury usually occurs due to several factors, one of which is repetitive movement. This can be seen when you use a mouse or a pen for a prolonged period of time, as well as the use of a screwdriver or hammering. Another common time this occurs is during and after pregnancies in women. This could be related to the lifting technique of the new born, as well as the usually quick gains in weight. This increase in pressure puts stress along the tendons, causing the pains.
Pain is generally quite general and achy in nature at the start. However, ongoing physical activity will result in the pain becoming sharper and localised on the side of your wrist (thumb side). Some swelling may also be observed.
It is imperative that you get your wrist looked after if you suspect a De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis. Prolonged use of the injured area will result in further aggravation and potentially may require surgical intervention. When caught early, conservative treatment would usually suffice. There are multiple ways that our physios at Capital Physiotherapy can look after you.
Depending on the person, treatment may include a combination of friction massage, electrotherapy, taping as well as exercises. Dry needling may also be done. The specific advice will differ per person, and at Capital Physiotherapy, we are well equipped to fully assess your specific situation to give you a tailored treatment program.
So don’t wait any longer, give Capital Physiotherapy a call and we will get you back to your best again!