De Quervains syndrome describes pain and inflammation felt at the tendons that sit at the base of your thumb. They can become inflamed from repetitive use and is a form of repetitive strain injury.
Activities that may lead to De Quervains Tenosynovitis
- Picking up a newborn or toddler without a fixed wrist
- Repetitive thumb use or wrist movement
Signs and symptoms of De quervains Tenosynovitis
- Pain at the base of the thumb usually with movement or lifting
- Swelling at the base of your thumb
- Pain may be experienced at night
What does the science say?
- Use of braces can help immobilise the thumb and reduce pain
- Cortisone injection can be quite helpful if not responsive to conservative management
- Surgical release is rarely required
How can Physiotherapy help?
Your Physiotherapist will be able to:
- Help you identify aggravating activities
- Help you identify positions of comfort
- Provide manual therapy to reduce pain and overactivity in muscles
- Guide you through tendon gliding exercises and provide strapping or a brace