deQuervain’s Tendonitis Treatment
deQuervain’s tendonitis is a condition that affects the tendons located on the outside of the wrist or on the “thumb side” of the wrist. When the tendon becomes irritated, swelling occurs around the lining of the tendon, causing it to change in shape and making movement difficult. The most common symptom of deQuervain’s tendonitis is pain and tenderness along the wrist usually when forming a fist, gripping something, grasping something, or turning the wrist. The pain can be gradual or sudden and sometimes travels from the wrist to the forearm. Usually, the pain will worsen with the use of the hand and may be accompanied by swelling on the side of the wrist, sometimes causing numbness on the back of the thumb and the index finger.
A test called the Finkelstein test may be recommended. During the Finkelstein test the patient is asked to make a fist with the thumb tucked under the fingers and then bend the wrist away from the body. If you have deQuervain’s tendonitis, the test will be painful and may cause tenderness directly over the tendons on the wrist.
The plastic surgeons at The Centre for Working Hands may recommend resting the wrist in order to reduce swelling. You may also be advised to wear a splint and take anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling and pain.
If your symptoms persist or become more severe, your plastic surgeon may recommend surgical intervention. During the procedure, your surgeon will create more room for the tendon to move through your wrist and function without irritation and interference.
Often, post-operative therapy is recommended to help regain better use of the affected hand. The rehabilitation center at The Centre for Working Hands is staffed by highly skilled, professionally trained therapists who offer a unique variety of deQuervain’s Tendonitis treatment options to help patients return to their normal routines as quickly and comfortably as possible. Call or email our expert therapists to schedule your evaluation.