DeQuervain’s tenovitis is a condition caused by inflammation of tendons and their surrounding sheath along the thumb side of the wrist.
Symptoms of DeQuervain’s Tenovitis
Pain and tenderness are felt along the thumb side of the wrist, usually noticed when forming a fist, grasping or gripping things, or turning the wrist. Swelling may be evident and there may be an occasional “catching” or “snapping” when moving the thumb.
Treatment of DeQuervain’s Tenovitis
Many cases respond well to a period of rest of the thumb in a splint and oral or topical anti-inflammatory medication. A steroid injection to the tendon sheath on the thumb side of the wrist is often helpful in relieving the condition.
When symptoms are severe or do not improve, surgery may be recommended. The operation opens the compartment surrounding the tendons. Normal use of the hand can usually be resumed once comfort and strength have returned.