De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

De Quervain's tenosynovitis


De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a painful condition of tendons in your wrist and lower thumb. Swelling of the tendons, and the tendon sheath, can cause pain and tenderness along the thumb side of the wrist. When the swollen tendons rub against the narrow tunnel they pass through, it causes pain at the base of your thumb & into the lower arm.

Although the exact cause of de Quervain’s tenosynovitis isn’t known, any activity that relies on repetitive hand or wrist movement — such as working in the garden, playing golf or racket sports, or lifting your baby — can make it worse.


  • Pain near the base of your thumb, directly over the two tendons.
  • Pain is felt in the wrist and can travel up the forearm.
  • Swelling & pain near the base of your thumb.
  • Swelling & pain on the side of your wrist.
  • Swelling may be seen over the thumb side of the wrist. This swelling may accompany a fluid-filled cyst in this region.
  • A “sticking” or “snapping” sensation in your thumb when moving it.
  • Difficulty moving your thumb and wrist when you’re doing something that involves grasping or pinching, squeezing, or wringing.


  • Direct injury to your wrist or tendon; scar tissue can restrict movement of the tendons Gaming
  • Hobbies like gardening or racket sports
  • Arthritic diseases that affect the whole body like rheumatoid arthritis
  • Repetitive workplace tasks
  • Overuse

Physical Therapy at SOS PHYSIO Rehab

Physical therapist at SOS PHYSIO Rehab will help to strengthen and stabilize the muscles and joints in the hand and thumb which eventually reduce pain and limit tendon irritation.. Our physical therapist will help you to find ways to use your wrist and give suggestions on how to make adjustments to relieve stress on your wrists.

There are many physical therapy treatments such as Manual therapy & Active Release Techniques (ART) are found to be very effective in treating this type of disorder.
For more information- Contact your local SOS PHYSIO clinic.

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