De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

<40 years old/mother holding baby – De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

Intro: De Quervain’s tenosynovitis involves inflammation and swelling of the of the space where two tendons of the thumb pass through. This condition may happen due to repetitive motion and overuse, especially in mothers holding their baby for a prolonged period.

Symptoms: Pain on movement of the wrist and tenderness to palpation.

Treatment: Therapy, medication, and short-term thumb spica bracing at night. A steroid injection into the area of inflammation may provide relief for this condition. Regenerative treatment such as plasma rich platelet (PRP) injection, which promotes healing of the tendon, is another treatment modality for this condition. In unimproved cases, surgery may be considered.