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Overview

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

It is a common condition where the tendons that extend and straighten the thumb (extensor and abductor pollicus lengthyus) are inflamed. The thumb’s base and wrist are the areas that feel the most pain.

Tenosynovitis in De Quarvain is common to repetitive tasks such as wringing or scissoring. Rest, splinting and rehabilitation are all options to treat the condition. Although surgery is not often necessary, a steroid injection may be required.

Goals

Possible Treatment Goals

  • Improve Function
  • Improve Muscle Strength and Power
  • Increase Oxygen to Tissues
  • Improve Range of Motion
  • Improve Relaxation
  • Self-care of Symptoms
  • Improve Safety
  • Improve Tolerance for Prolonged Activities