De Quervain’s Tendonitis: Orthopedic Carrollton

by Administrator 26. October 2015 14:07

De Quervain’s Tendonitis, also known as Washerwoman's Sprain is a medical condition which involves inflammation of the tendons around the base of the thumb. These tendons run through a tunnel made up of soft tissues which swells and narrows the tunnel. Swelling of the tendons may lead to pain while doing any hand or wrist movement.  People involved in activities that require repetitive hand and wrist movement have more chances to develop this condition.


  • Overuse of the thumb
  • High-impact blow to the thumb
  • Repetitive clutching
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Racquet sports
  • Activities such as gardening
  • Women can get it just after pregnancy


  • Pain along the back of the thumb
  • Pain that resonates from the thumb up to the forearm
  • Difficulty in moving the thumb
  • Hurting sensation, particularly when grasping things
  • Inflammation and pain side of the wrist


An orthopedic doctor may conduct Finkelstein test to confirm the presence of De Quervain. He may ask the patient to make a fist with thumb placed in his palm. While turning the wrist outwards, the tendons get pulled and stretched. If this test is painful then a patient suffers from this condition.


  • Splint: A doctor may advise to wear a splint to prevent thumb and wrist movement. All activities that worsen this condition have to be completely stopped.
  • Ice pack: Ice packs can be applied to the affected area at regular intervals as it may help in eliminating pain and swelling.
  • Medication: Anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen or naproxen, as prescribed by doctor, can be administered to reduce tenderness. Steroids can also be given if the pain is unbearable.
  • Avoiding strenuous activities: A doctor may suggest reducing the activities that cause pain and swelling as it may relieve the symptoms.
  • Corticosteroids: Corticosteroids injection may be recommended by a doctor to provide relief from pain and swelling.
  • Exercise: Certain exercises may be recommended by the doctor so as to strengthen the thumb and wrist. These help in the healing process by reducing pain and improving health of the patient.
  • Surgery: When a patient does not respond to non-surgical treatments, the doctor may recommend surgery.

If you are suffering from De Quervain’s Tendonits, consult Dr. Knoll. The orthopedic doctor specializes in treating a wide range of wrist and hand conditions. To schedule an appointment, call at (214) 618 -5502 or visit 5757 Warren Parkway Suite 180, Frisco, Texas 75034.

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