About DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis
Chronic overuse of your wrist is commonly associated with DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis. When you grip, clench, ping, or wring anything in your hand, you use two major tendons in your wrist and lower thumb. These tendons normally glide unhampered through the small tunnel that connects them to the base of your thumb. If you repeat a particular motion day after day, it may irritate the sheath around the tendons, causing thickening that restricts the gliding movement of the tendons. Other causes of DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis include:
- Injury to your wrist or tendon; scar tissue can restrict movement of the tendons
- Inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis
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Symptoms of Dequervain’s Tenosynovitis
Common symptoms of Dequervain’s Tenosynovitis include pain and swelling near the base of your thumb. You may also experience difficulty moving your thumb and wrist when you’re doing activities that involve grasping or pinching. Some people report a “sticking” or “stop and go” sensation when trying to move their thumb. If the condition goes untreated for too long, the pain may spread farther into your thumb, back into your forearm, or both.
Treatment of Dequervain’s Tenosynovitis
Treatment for Dequervain’s Tenosynovitis includes cortisone (steroid) injections into the tendon sheath to help reduce the inflammation and pain. Regenexx platelet rich plasma (PRP), platelet lysate, and bone marrow concentrate containing stem cells procedures are also offered and can help to use your body’s own growth factors to help heal and restore function to the thumb and/or wrist.
If you suffer from symptoms of dequervain’s tenosynovitis, schedule a consultation with our interventional pain specialists at Ospina Medical in Midtown Manhattan today. We will create an individualized treatment plan to help treat your pain, improve your function and get you back to living your life.