De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis induces painful tendons along the thumb side of the wrist. In De Quervain syndrome, the tendon tunnel runs narrow, due to the thickening of the soft tissues. Motion in the hand and thumb causes pain, especially with grasping or twisting motions. Some patients describe the pain as inflammation; however, studies show that De Quervain syndrome is not inflammatory. Pain caused by de Quervain syndrome can affect patients of all ages and is especially common in new mothers. Symptoms develop four to eight weeks after delivery, due to possible changes in hormones and swelling.
Treating De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis Eau Claire & Altoona
Treatments for De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis may vary, based on the severity of the pain associated with it. Treatments that may relieve symptoms temporarily include splinting the thumb and wrist, as well as Tylenol or aspirin-type medications. Treatments that may alter the course of the disease include steroid injections and, in extreme cases, surgery. Surgery allows the tunnel to become open which allows more room for the tendons.
If you are suffering those De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis, Dr. Berschback can help. He is located in the Eau Claire, Altoona, and Chippewa Falls area, as well as Rice Lake and Ladysmith.
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