DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis



DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis is a painful condition affecting the tendons on the thumb side of your wrist. Swelling of the tendons, and the tendon sheath, can cause pain and tenderness along the thumb side of the wrist. This is particularly noticeable when forming a fist, gripping something, pinching or when turning the wrist. A catching/grinding sensation may be felt when moving the thumb.

  • Ageing
  • Pregnancy
  • Arthritis
  • Repetitive hand and wrist motions
  • Previous history of wrist injury

The goal in treating DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis is to relieve the pain caused by irritation and swelling. Surgery may be recommended if symptoms are severe or do not improve.

  • Therapeutic bracing
  • Therapeutic exercises (stretching and strengthening)
  • Education on activity modification and body mechanics