De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

Category: Hand Therapy, Physical Therapy, Wrist Tendonitis

Doctor Diagnosis Atlanta GAAthletes who use a lot of repetitive wrist motion are at a higher risk for certain injuries affecting this joint. One such injury affects the tendons that run along the thumb side of the wrist. De Quervain’s tenosynovitis develops when the hand is overused, and the tendons become irritated.

Symptoms of De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

Pain and limited mobility are obvious symptoms of this condition. You will feel pain near the base of your thumb, especially if you apply pressure to this area. You may also experience swelling. Motion will be limited, which you will notice most when you attempt to grasp or pinch an object. Difficulty in moving the wrist and thumb can make holding objects difficult. You may lose the smooth movement of your thumb. Instead, you may feel a stop-and-go sensation.

Ignoring the condition can lead to the pain spreading from the base of the thumb into the thumb or forearm. Some people experience both. Certain movements like pinching or grasping objects will make the pain more intense.


There are two tendons in your wrist and lower thumb that glide smoothly through the small tunnel that connects them to the base of the thumb. Normally, these tendons move smoothly together when you grip, grasp, clench, wring or pinch something in your hand.

Repetitive motion on a daily basis can cause the sheath around these tendons to become irritated. When this happens, the tendons can begin to swell and thicken. This restricts movement and causes pain.

In addition to repetitive motions, this condition can also be caused by inflammatory arthritis or the development of scar tissue resulting from a direct injury to the wrist or tendons.


When you have been diagnosed with De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, you doctor will provide treatment for the inflammation. The reduction of inflammation will preserve the movement in the thumb and should prevent the recurrence of the condition. Most people experience relief within four to six weeks.

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis can prevent you from doing some of your normal activities due to loss of motion in your thumb and the pain it causes. Get treatment for this condition by scheduling an appointment with the physicians at Sovereign Rehabilitation. Why go through life with pain when we can make life feel better?

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