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DeQuervain's Tenosynovitis

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  • DeQuervain's tenosynovitis is a painful inflammation of the tendon sheath (tenosynovium), the tendon that passes along the wrist just above the thumb. This is one of the most common forms of tenosynovitis.

  • Initial symptoms are pain and tenderness on the thumb side of the forearm. If the condition worsens, pain may spread up the forearm.

  • The most common cause is from an overuse of the hands and arms from grasping, squeezing or pinching. The two tendons are used to pull the thumb out and back from the hand. These two tendons pass along the outer side of the distal wrist. Two tendons run through the tunnel on the wrist just above the thumb. Repetitive movements of the thumb may cause the inflammation of the tendons and surrounding tendons to sheath.

  • Rest the affected forearm and hand. A wrist splint or brace helps to keep the wrist in a neutral position to limit the movement of the wrist.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin or acetaminophen.
  • Injection of cortisone is administered into the tendon sheath to relieve the inflammation

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