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De-Quervain’s Syndrome

What is De-Quervain’s Syndrome?

It is a painful condition affecting the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist.

What are the causes of De-Quervain’s syndrome?

The cause isn’t known, however, it’s been attributed to result from the following:

  • A direct blow to the thumb
  • Gaming
  • Hobbies like gardening or racket sports
  • Inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis
  • Overuse – activities such as golfing, playing the piano, fly fishing, carpentry, office workers, musicians, and carrying a child in the arms for prolonged periods can lead to chronic overuse injuries
  • Repetitive workplace tasks like gripping, grasping, clenching, pinching or wringing
  • Scar tissue from an injury

Can physiotherapy help people with De-Quervain’s syndrome?

Yes. The focus of physiotherapy is to relieve pain, reduce swelling and improve functional use of the thumb and hand.

Who can get De-Quervain’s syndrome?

Anyone can get this condition, but these can make you more likely to get it:

  • Age. Adults between 30 and 50 are most likely to get it.

  • Gender. Women are 8 to 10 times more likely to get it than men.

  • Motherhood. It often happens just after pregnancy. Lifting your little bundle of joy repeatedly might bring it on.

  • Motions. You can get the condition if you move your wrist repeatedly, whether it’s for fun or for work.

How do I know if I have De-Quervain’s syndrome?

You will experience the following:

  • Pain and swelling at the base of the thumb

  • Pain and swelling at the thumb side of the wrist

  • Pain along the back of your thumb over the tendons

  • Grasping objects with your thumb and hand may become increasingly painful

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