De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

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.

  • RICE” treatment is also very effective: Rest from aggravating activities (a thumb splint can be very useful), Ice over the area several times a day, Compress with a splint or bandage and Elevate when swollen.

A Women’s Health Physio can provide advice and treatment for de Quervain’s tenosynovitis.

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Jenny Phillips is a Titled Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist. She offers skilled advice and management for all types of pelvic floor and pre- and post-natal problems.

Life Cycle Physiotherapy also offers exercise classes and 1:1 exercise sessions for women at all stages of life, including pregnancy and postnatal classes.

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