De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

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De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

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What is De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is an inflammation of the tendons that connect the thumb to the wrist. These tendons pass through a narrow tunnel called the first interosseous space. The inflammation can be caused by repetitive use or injury, and it can cause a lot of pain and stiffness in the thumb and wrist.

Why De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is called BlackBerry Thumb?

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, also known as BlackBerry thumb, is an injury or irritation of the tendons and muscles of the thumbs caused by repetitive movements when using cellphones. It was named BlackBerry thumb because it was first seen in those who typed on their phones too much.

What are the causes of De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is a painful condition that affects the tendons of the thumb, causing them to swell and become inflamed. There are many factors that can contribute to De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis, but one of the most common causes is repeated bending and stretching of the thumb while gripping objects.

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis can also result from repetitive activities such as:

  • Typing on a keyboard or using a mouse
  • Playing sports with your hands, like tennis or golf
  • Playing musical instruments
  • Working with tools or machinery

What are the symptoms of De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?

The symptoms of de Quervain’s tenosynovitis include:

  • Pain in your thumb when you bend your wrist back (radial side) or move your thumb around (ulnar side)
  • Stiffness in your wrist
  • A feeling like something is caught between your thumb and index finger (this is called “catching”)

What are the risk factors for De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?

Risk factors for De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis include:

  • De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is more common in women than men, especially during pregnancy or after delivery.
  • Repetitive activities with thumb and wrist such as typing or playing a musical instrument.
  • Lifting heavy objects over time may also increase your risk of developing De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis.
  • Chronic illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes can increase your risk of developing De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis.

Recommended Exercise

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What are the exercises for De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is a condition that can be best treated by exercises that help to heal the tendon and reduce inflammation. Here are some exercises that are recommended by doctors:

Thumb lifts

With your hand on a flat surface, raise your thumb up as high as possible. Hold for five seconds and repeat 10 times.

Thumb flexion

With your hand on a flat surface, move your thumb toward your wrist. Hold for five seconds and repeat 10 times.

Wrist flexion

With your hand on a flat surface, bend your wrist backward so that it faces the ground. Hold for five seconds and repeat 10 times.

Wrist extension

With your hand on a flat surface, extend your wrist upward so that it faces the ceiling. Hold for five seconds and repeat 10 times.

What are the treatments for De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is a painful condition that affects the tendons and tissues around the thumb. It can be treated with a combination of non-surgical and surgical methods.

Non-surgical treatment

Non-surgical treatment options include prescription medications, splinting, and physical therapy to reduce pain and inflammation.

Surgical treatment

Surgical treatment for De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis may involve open surgery or arthroscopic surgery. Open surgery involves making an incision in the wrist region to allow for better access to the tendon sheath and removal of any damaged tissue. Arthroscopic surgery involves inserting small instruments into the wrist through tiny incisions to remove damaged tissues from around the tendons.

What are the complications of De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?

Complications can include:

  • Nerve damage
  • Painful, swollen joints
  • Stiffness in your wrist and hand
  • Persistent pain and inflammation
  • Loss of grip strength or range of motion
  • Inability to perform activities that involve gripping or pinching (such as playing instruments)

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What brace or splint is used for De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?

The thumb spica splint is used for De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis.

This splint is a rigid plastic or metal band that wraps around the hand and wrist to immobilize the thumb. The thumb is placed in a small pocket on the top of the splint, which provides support and protection by keeping the joint immobile.

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