De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a painful condition affecting the tendons at the base of the thumb, where it meets the wrist. It actually involves inflammation of the sheath surrounding the tendons. It causes pain and swelling in the region at the base of the thumb and wrist, and sometimes this pain can spread up into the forearm. De Quervain’s tenosynovitis can be common in women who have recently had a baby, due to the repetitive lifting and holding involved. It is sometimes called “mother’s wrist” or “mummy thumb”.
Treatment for de Quervain’s tenosynovitis involves several aspects.
A doctor can give anti-inflammatory medication or a steroid injection into the wrist to settle the inflammation.
A Women’s Health Physio can provide advice and treatment for de Quervain’s tenosynovitis.