What is De Quervain's?
De Quervain's tenosynovitis (or De Quervain's Disease) is the inflammation of the tendons in the part of the wrist that moves the thumb.
When the swollen tendons rub against the narrow tunnel they pass through, it causes pain at the base of your thumb and into the lower arm.
What are the symptoms?
- Swelling and pain at the side of the wrist and / or the base of the thumb
- Pain along the back of the thumb
- Difficulty in moving the thumb
These symptoms are similar to those of other hand pain conditions like osteoarthritis and tendonitis, so it is important to visit your doctor and receive a proper diagnosis.
How is it treated?
De Quervain's is diagnosed with a Finkelstein test, where your doctor will ask you to bend your thumb and fingers in a particular way. If these movements hurt, then the likely diagnosis is De Quervain's.
Treatments include over the counter pain medications, steroid injections administered by your doctor, splinting and physical therapy.
A warm compress or cold pack can help to relieve the pain at home.