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.