About DeQuervain’s Tendonitis
DeQuervain’s tendonitis is a condition involving the tendons found on the thumb side of the wrist. It is possible that you have this condition if your wrist consistently hurts when you turn it, attempt to open a jar or grasp anything, or if you find it painful to make a fist. Two major tendons in your wrist and lower thumb are utilized when you use your hands to grip anything in your hand. Although many times the cause is unknown, genetics, anatomical differences and repetitive motion are known to increase the risk of this condition by causing thickening and tightening of the sheath around these two tendons. Pregnancy is also known to be a risk factor for this problem.
In mild cases, initial treatment may include icing the injured area. Avoiding activities that cause pain can also help rest the tendons and cut down inflamation. Pain and swelling may also be reduced by taking ibuprofen or Aleve, at your doctor’s recommendation. A hand therapist or occupational therapist may advise you on how to make activity adjustments that will allow your wrist to heal. In many cases the problem will resolve on its own, though it may take up to 9 months for this to occur. Injection with corticosteroid may be offered as a means to cut inflammation quickly.
Surgery may be considered in cases that are severe, prolonged, or where other therapies have failed. Surgery is typically done in an outpatient facility, has a very high success rate and low risk of complications. If you are concerned regarding this problem, we can perform a detailed examination, order x-rays and other tests as needed and discuss the options with you and find the option that best suits your needs. Contact us today.