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De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

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De Quervains Tenosynovitis is common in pregnancy and postpartum

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

“De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis”, more commonly known as “Mum thumb” is a common condition with a slightly confusing sounding name.
Read on to find out if this is what is causing your wrist or hand pain, and what you can do about it.

What is De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis results from inflammation of the tendons and their sheath just under the base of the thumb. It often affects both wrists.
De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis:
  • Is a painful condition usually caused by overuse
  • Affects about 1.3% of women
    Most common in women aged 30-50 years old.
  • Is especially prevalent in either pregnant women or new mothers (It’s also really common for this group of women to suffer from lower back pain. We’ve written a post to help you manage this here )
Interestingly, you’re more likely to experience it if you’ve suffered either tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow in the past.

Symptoms of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis include:

👉 Pain and/or along the thumb side of the wrist, which is aggravated by using the wrist and thumb
👉 A “catching” or “snapping” sensation that occurs when you use the thumb
👉 Pain can sometimes go up the forearm towards the elbow

How is it Diagnosed?

The “Finkelstein’s Test” is often used to diagnose De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis.

The Finkelstein’s Test involves folding your thumb over your palm, then closing your fingers over it to form a fist. Then, straighten out your arm in front of you, as if you were holding a fishing rod. Lastly, ulnar deviate your wrist by moving your hand towards the ground.
This test is positive and it’s likely you’ve got De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis if it causes you pain.

How is De Quervain’s Treated?

👉 Avoid the “Finkelstein’s” position
👉 Use ice over the affected area
👉 Wear a brace
👉 Get treatment from one of our expert Osteopaths, which may also include Shockwave Therapy.
If you’d like some personalised advice on how to help your wrist pain, book online today to speak to one of our highly skilled team.
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