Typically, taping a thumb spica for slight thumb tendonitis or general tenderness is an effort to immobilize the wrist joint from rotating. Thumb taping is also an effort to limit the hook grasping properties of the thumb with the other fingers. Spicas, also known as thumb splints, differ from casts in that the injury is normally non-emergency level. You should always consult your health care provider to determine the level of severity of your injury. That said, thumb spica taping is easily done with the use of basic products found at Walmart or your neighborhood drug store.
Thumb taping is a primary healing measure for light tweaks of the thumb tendons connecting the wrist to the hand, usually around the scaphoid bone. Such injuries could result from playing golf or racket sports, playing the guitar, or even prolonged typing on a keyboard. Stabilizing the thumb and wrist through the use of a spica will allow the swelling that occurs in this condition to subside after a few weeks, depending on the initial prognosis by your doctor of the injury.
Below is a great thumb spica taping video to assist you if your doctor has decided taping is the best course of action.
De Quervains tenosynovitis is an agonizing ailment usually localized to the tendons along the inner wrist on the thumb side or the arm. Often De Quervains tenosynovitis is referred to as thumb tendonitis. De Quervains tenosynovitis can be diagnosed if you feel pain when you twist or turn your wrist, or when you fell discomfort squeezing or grasping a tennis ball sized object. You would also feel this pain in the tendon connecting your thumb to wrist when rotating or turning your wrists (pro-nation).
There is no exact known cause of De Quervains tenosynovitis. But any hand or wrist motion that requires insistent and repetitive movement can make the problem and pain worse. Some examples would be: Playing tennis or golf, picking up a baby or child multiple times throughout the day, or even playing guitar.
Most treatments for De Quervains tenosynovitis focus on inflammation (or reduction of). Starting treatments as soon as they become evident could be the key to recovering in a short amount of time, sometimes as little as 2-3 months. The key is seeking advice as soon as possible from your medical professional.
Your doctor will more than likely first prescribe OTC pain relievers and anti-swelling products such as Advil and/or Aleve. Immobilization of the wrist and thumb through the use of a wrist splint (or thumb spica) will commonly be recommended by your medical professional. Corticosteroid injections could also be advised for De Quervains tenosynovitis. These injections would be inserted directly into the thumb tendons in an effort to reduce swelling. More often than not, if symptoms are caught early, as little as a single injection can completely treat tenosynovitis.
Doctors will recommend surgery if your tendonitis seems to serious for a simple injection. The surgery is typically an outpatient operation. This surgery can be better described by your doctor. And with a proper post-surgery daily regiment (to prevent future flare-ups) almost all cases of De Quervains tenosynovitis is completely cured after this procedure.
Thumb tendonitis symptoms are mainly pain at the thumb side of the wrists, between your hand and your arm. Other notable symptoms for tendonitis of the thumbs could be tenderness and spasms around the wrist area, near the large pointy bone (scaphoid bone). Sometimes the tendonitis can cause swelling over and around the thumb side of the wrist, or cause a mild burning sensation. These manifestations can and will cause difficulty gripping and overall lack of hand motor skills. Usually these symptoms grow over time and can become unbearable. Even though we are talking about tendonitis of the thumb, the pain can often travel up into the forearm and elbow, and all the way to the pinkie side of the hand.