De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis Treatment
The tendons in the hand connect muscles to the bones, and they are vital for dexterity and intricate movements. When the tendons become inflamed from injury or repeated movements, it can be difficult to perform certain hand movements. De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a tendon condition that impacts tendons in the thumb. Our team at Caliber Pain™ offers effective De Quervain’s tenosynovitis treatment at our medical facility in Midtown Manhattan.
Tendons, or the sheaths that contain them, that extend the thumb can become swollen and inflamed in De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. This can cause pain in the base of the thumb and into the forearm. The most common causes of this condition are performing repeated gripping motions, such as certain racquet sports, skiing, hammering and other repetitive hand use. Injury to the thumb can cause tendon sheath inflammation. In some cases, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, or tendonitis, occurs without an obvious cause. Women are up to 10 times more likely to suffer from this condition, as it commonly occurs in the last trimester of pregnancy or during nursing.
Symptoms of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis include pain when gripping and moving the hand, felt in the lower thumb and forearm. Pinching or grabbing items can be difficult and painful, and the base of the thumb may also be tender to the touch.
Relief from Thumb Tendonitis
Conservative treatment is usually effective for De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. Resting the tendons, using a brace or splint, may be recommended along with treatment to reduce swelling. Applying ice packs and using NSAIDs can be beneficial. When the inflammation is severe, anti-inflammatory injections can offer fast, reliable pain relief.
If you have acute thumb and forearm pain, visit our team at Caliber Pain™. We can determine whether you have De Quervain’s tenosynovitis and offer treatment options to help restore hand dexterity and relieve pain. Contact us at our medical facility in New York City to schedule your evaluation.