Treatment for De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

If you feel pain when you make a fist, grab anything, or turn your wrist, you may have De Quervain's tenosynovitis. While not much is known about what exactly causes this condition, doctors believe that repetitive activity may make it worse. At Specialty Orthopaedics, one of our doctors can diagnose your hand pain to determine whether you have De Quervain's tenosynovitis or another issue.

Symptoms of De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

This particular hand and wrist condition has four main symptoms. You may experience one or more of these symptoms if you have De Quervain's tenosynovitis, including:

  • Feeling as though your thumb "sticks" or clicks when moving it
  • Pain near the base of your thumb
  • Having a hard time moving your thumb and wrist when you have to grasp or pinch something
  • The area at the base of your thumb is swollen.

Without proper treatment, it is possible that the pain from this condition could travel into your forearm.

Treating De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

The general method of treating De Quervain's tenosynovitis is by trying to reduce inflammation and preserve thumb movement. Additionally, treatment involves preventing the condition from happening again. If you are able to get a proper diagnosis and start treatment early, De Quervain's tenosynovitis symptoms typically get better in four to six weeks. However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, the duration of your symptoms may be longer.

Recommended treatments for De Quervain's tenosynovitis may include:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Corticosteroid injections to help reduce swelling
  • Immobilizing the thumb and wrist by avoiding repetitive hand movements, such as pinching, and applying ice to the area
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Surgery for more serious cases

Where to Find Treatment for De Quervain's Tenosynovitis in Harrison, NY

At Specialty Orthopaedics, we offer a wide range of treatments for various musculoskeletal disorders and conditions, including De Quervain's tenosynovitis in Harrison, NY. Our dedicated team of professionals is committed to providing comprehensive care using traditional treatment methods as well as cutting-edge conservative and surgical treatments to meet the unique needs of our patients.

Speak with a doctor at Specialty Orthopaedics to find out whether De Quervain's tenosynovitis is causing your hand pain. To arrange a consultation, please call 914-686-0111.

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