We help people manage and overcome the burning, nagging pain on the thumb side of the wrist that comes from de Quervains tenosynovitis.
De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is the name given to a condition where the tendons that pull the thumb away from the hand, become sore when performing everyday tasks. This is common in new mum's spending time feeding and carrying baby, and people who lift, carry and use their hands repetitively in work & leisure activities.
This can result from either the tendons themselves becoming swollen, or the tunnel they travel through (first dorsal canal) becoming swollen, or a combination of both the tendon and the tunnel being swollen.
It is usually caused by constant wrist rotation and the thumb pinching or repetitively needing to straighten. It has been referred in the past as "washerwoman syndrome" due to the movements involved in wringing out washing. It is not uncommon to see these symptoms in new mum's.
Symptoms usually involve soreness and burning at the base of the thumb on the side of the wrist. We usually recommend a period or 3 weeks rest in a custom-made thermoplastic splint, followed by graded increase in tendon loading. We will always assess the integrity of surrounding structures, and take the time to discuss with you how you can best help manage your symptoms in every day activities.
NEW PARENTS- how to prevent or decrease symptoms of DeQuervains tenosynovitis for new parents, teaching lifting, holding and feeding techniques to prevent thumb & wrist pain.