What is De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?De Quervain’s disease can occur in the hand and wrist when tendons and the tendon covering on the thumb side of the wrist swell and become inflamed. Patients with this condition experience pain and inhibited freedom of movement.
Causes of De Quervain’s TenosynovitisAlthough it is difficult to determine a precise cause for this condition, it may be attributable to changes in the use of the hand. Various factors such as repetitive movements, fluctuations in hormone levels, and swelling can be contributing factors. New mothers may also develop this condition about 4-6 weeks after delivery.
Treatments for De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
- Splint: This may be used to stop you from moving your thumb and wrist.
- Anti-inflammatory medications: These may be prescribed to reduce inflammation.
- Injection: Dr. Sammer may injection a cortisone-type of steroid into the tendon compartment. Response varies based on a number of factors, but for some patients this treatment may provide a permanent solution.
- Surgery: If these less-invasive options do not provide relief, Dr. Sammer may perform a surgery to open the tunnel and make more room for the tendons.