About De Quervain’s Syndrome and our treatment for it

De Quervain’s Syndrome summary

This condition relates to the tendons in the thumb which allow movement of the thumb out to the side (picture a thumbs up!) If these become inflamed, the movement becomes painful both in the thumb and along the forearm.


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What is De Quervain's syndrome?
Along the side of the wrist up to the thumb, there are two tendons. When these become inflamed it results in de quervain’s syndrome.
What are the symptoms of De Quervain's syndrome?

Symptoms are led by a swelling and tenderness around the thumb and wrist, which makes gripping very difficult. A sharp pain may be experienced when the thumb is bent down into the palm.

How long will my symptoms last?

Recovery time is dependent on the severity of the pain, but in most cases the symptoms last no more than a couple of weeks.

What is the treatment for De Quervain's syndrome?

This condition can occur for no obvious reason. Overuse of the wrist may be a factor, or else it may be simply due to a strain injury on the tendon that links the wrist to the thumb.

Why is it important for me to do prescribed exercises?

De Quervain’s Syndrome can cause issues when it comes to using your hand and wrist, and so you may be advised to rest until inflammation dies down. This means rehabilitation will be vital in restoring your usual function once the pain has been managed and you feel back to normal. An exercise program will consist of exercises that stretch and strengthen the thumb, hand and wrist, and are the best way to restore your range of movement and activity to normal.