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De Quervain's syndrome

De Quervain's tenosynovitis

If you experience pain or difficulty when you move your thumb, we can help

About

Two tendons (flexible chords) run between your wrist and thumb. If the sheath that encases these tendons becomes inflamed, you may find it difficult or painful to move your thumb. This is called De Quervain's syndrome. It's more common in women, particularly after pregnancy. Repetitive movements, when playing sports for example, is a common cause.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of De Quervain's syndrome icon plus

    Symptoms of De Quervain's syndrome include:

    • pain or swelling at the thumb
    • side of the wrist
    • difficulty moving the affected thumb
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your symptoms with you and help to make a diagnosis.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your treatment options with you. They may include:

    • heat or ice to settle the inflammation
    • a custom-made splint for the affected thumb
    • corticosteroid injections may be prescribed in severe cases to reduce swelling
    • hand therapy (a minor operation on the tendon sheath)
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