De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a painful condition that affects the tendons of the thumb at the wrist.
The tendons and surrounding structures can become inflamed and swollen. Use of the thumb and wrist causes more friction and pain.
Symptoms of de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis can improve. It is important to rest the tendons. This is done by wearing a splint or brace that limits the movement of both the wrist and thumb. Expect to wear the brace full time during the day for 6 weeks to rest the tendons. You may wear it at night if it helps you sleep.
It is important that the brace restricts the thumb and the wrist. It should start below the top joint of the thumb and extend halfway down the forearm.
As well as wearing a brace, you will need to identify what activities aggravate the tendons and cause pain.
Changing the way you lift and grip will reduce the inflammation in the affected area. Keep your thumb next to your fingers when you grip. Use your fingers to do tasks you might use your thumb for.
Try not to lift anything with your palm facing the side. It is better if you can scoop up objects with your palms facing up. Avoid bending the wrist and stretching the thumb out.
Your therapy program in TrackActive Me will guide you through exercises to reduce your pain. As the pain resolves, there will be exercises to gradually strengthen the muscles of your forearm and thumb.